Mayors join forces to fight gun violence

January 14, 2013 2:29:10 PM PST
Several Triangle mayors are coming together to urge President Obama and Congress to take steps to end gun violence. The goal is to get people to contact their elected officials.

A new ad on the subject will soon start running across the country. It features family members of victim's of gun violence.

The mayors of Durham, Morrisville and Chapel Hill say there is growing concern for gun crimes in our area. They are calling for more criminal background checks for people who want to buy guns and making gun trafficking a federal crime, among other actions.

It's also a personal mission for some.

"I think that we're capable of having a rational conversation about figuring out ways to implement safer measures so that people don't go through what I went through because trust me, you don't want to go through what I've been through," said Uma Loganathan, of Blacksburg, Va., whose father was killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

Loganathan also appears in the new ad.

In all, 800 U.S. mayors are working with the Mayors Against Illegal Guns lobbying organization. Click here for more information on the group.

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