Sherow: Time to act on guns

By Corene Brisendine

Jim Sherow asked fellow city commissioners Tuesday to join mayors around the country in demanding federal action in response to the second-deadliest shooting in the U.S.

“Tonight, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the community of Newtown, Conn., and especially for the families who lost their children in the senseless murder of innocents,” Sherow said. “To say nothing, to do nothing, to not prevent similar tragedy is to be complicit in this act of violence.”

On Friday, 27 people—mostly children—were killed by Adam Lanza who also shot himself inside Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown. The shooting is surpassed only by the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, which claimed 32 lives.

Sherow said he could not comprehend that on average 30 people a day were shot and killed in the U.S. He asked commissioners and the mayor to join a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That organization’s website lists more than 725 mayors from around the country – including one from Kansas – it says support its demand that federal officials develop a plan to curb gun violence. The organization does not advocate for a specific plan.

Mayor Loren Pepperd said he had been asked by other mayors to join other coalitions in addition to the one suggested by Sherow, but did not elaborate on what those coalitions proposed or where the other mayors were from.

Also Tuesday, Pepperd proclaimed Dec. 31 as the 10th annual Little Apple New Year’s Eve Celebration Day. Evan Tuttle, president of the Aggieville Business Association, was present to receive the proclamation that changed the name of Moro Street to Broadway for the day. The celebration will include a ball drop on top of Varney’s Books in Aggieville at midnight, fireworks and laser-lights show, and a live performance by “Reckless Rebellion.” The ball drop will also be televised by WIBW. The event kicks off at 10 p.m. in Aggieville.

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