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Gun control: Mayors merge With Moms Demand Action

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun-control group founded and financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced it will merge with another gun control group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

By Edith HonanReuters / December 19, 2013

Steve Anderson kneels to attach paper bells to signs calling for No More Silence End Gun Violence posted on a metal fence at the front of Friendship Fountain Park during a vigil hosted by Moms Demand Action on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, December 14.

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun-control group founded and financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced on Thursday it will merge with another gun-control group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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The mayors' group will unite its grassroots, policy and field forces with the mothers' group "to enact common-sense policies that respect the rights of gun owners while keeping firearms out of dangerous hands," the groups said in a statement.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns was formed in 2006 as the brainchild of Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, both of whom will leave office at the end of the year. They argued that mayors were uniquely sensitive to gun violence as it often falls to them to comfort the families of slain police officers.

The group now includes more than 1,000 mayors.

Moms Demand Action launched a year ago, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults. The group says it had 130,000 members.

"Gun violence used to be something that happened only in other cities, other communities. But now, every mother and every American knows the fear of 'What if?' - What if it were my community or my child's school?" said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.

The Moms Demand Action holiday campaign this year includes  a list promoting retailers that prohibit firearms in their stores, and calling for retailers who do allow firearms to "get some gun sense." The campaign includes a request for the public to sign an open letter drafted by the group asking retailers who do not prohibit firearms to "go gun-free."

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