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Hatboro Mayor Norman Hawkes Stands Firm on Gun Law Proposal

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Nicole Jenet
The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

Mayor Norman Hawkes (SenatorGreenleaf.com)

In light of the Arizona shooting Jan. 8, Hatboro Mayor Norm Hawkes reiterated his stance on gun control at Monday’s borough council meeting.

“The mayor is against guns,” Hawkes said, and then read a letter drafted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition in which Hawkes is one of 550 members, addressed to President Obama and Congress.

“In Tucson and Virginia Tech, the killers should have been barred from buying guns, but their records were not in the background check database as they should have been,” Hawkes read, and continued that the Columbine High School shooters “went around the system by getting their guns through a purchase from an unlicensed seller at a gun show.”

“The system is flawed. We need the president and Congress to fix the system,” Hawkes said, noting that Congress needs to take two steps to fix the background check system: “Ensure the names of all the people who should be prohibited from buying a gun are in the system; and close the loopholes in the background check system by requiring a background check for every gun sale — no matter who the seller is, and no matter where it takes place.”

In 1968, following the shootings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy, Congress passed the Gun Control Act, which “barred felons, the mentally ill, drug abusers and other dangerous people under federal law from possessing guns,” Hawkes said.

But since 1968, Hawkes said, 400,000 Americans have been murdered with guns — 34 Americans each day.

“We can’t wait for yet another tragedy before we do something about this. Together, we can honor those we have lost by making sure we do something to prevent another tragedy from happening again,” Hawkes read from the letter.

Prior to the meeting, Hawkes distributed a petition from the coalition to each member of council, except for Vice President Nancy Guenst.

Councilman Vincent LaSorsa thanked Hawkes for sending him the petition and said he already signed it and sent it.

Hawkes said he did not give one to Guenst because “she doesn’t agree with what they’re trying to do,” in reference to the Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

“She thinks they’re trying to take guns away from law abiding citizens, but [the coalition] supports the Second Amendment.”

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

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  1. Marc
    January 28, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Guns kill people like spoons made Rosie O’Donnel Fat…this is the biggest joke ever, I trust a gun everyday to protect myself and my family…if someone breaks into your home you better hope the police have a good response time because if he has a gun or knife I can promise you he’s not gona wait until you get your phone call in…people are always against guns until they save their lives…so yea call a cop…who will be coming ARMED with a gun and hope he makes it there before the unthinkable happens…I’m not willing to take that chance

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