Mayors in cities with high gun violence rates are ready to lead a push for stricter gun laws, frustrated by years of inaction at the state and national level.
“It is unfortunate that it took a massacre in Newtown to get to the national conversation that should’ve occurred in years past when we saw people dying in the streets of Gary and Detroit and other places,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, the Democratic mayor of Gary, Ind., which had the nation’s highest murder rate for cities of its size in 2010 and 2011. “It’s very sad. … And it shouldn’t take the death of all of those children for us to not just change the conversation to the other extreme but just get the conversation to the center.”
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