One week of news tell an alarming story of gun violence in America.
Last Friday thousands of mourners paid their final respects to six worshippers gunned down by white supremacists at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
The day before defense lawyers disclosed their beliefs that they suspect mental illness in the man accused of opening fire in a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring 58 in July.
The same week, Jared Loughner, pleaded guilty to a 2011 shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Despite these horrific crimes there is little hope that anything will actually happen to seriously address gun violence.
Our elected officials lack the courage to do anything for fear of the National Rifle Association, the powerful pro-gun lobby.
America’s politicians will ask for a moment of silence and mourn the senseless loss of life but will not take action for fear of the NRA.
There is action that can be taken that will protect the rights of lawful gun ownership, a right protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey supports a ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines, a registry of guns and mandatory reporting of all sales of guns.
This is a reasonable commonsense approach that many in law enforcement support said Ramsey, who leads two national law enforcement associations: the Police Executive Research Forum and the Major City Chief’s Association.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is asking President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to create a plan to address gun violence.
The groups says more than 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns during the next president’s term. “How can President Obama and Governor Romney face that chilling fact without a plan?”
The fact is that America’s politicians will not offer substantive legislation on gun control until voters demand it.