On the one month anniversary of the Newtown tragedy next Monday, Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser and other community leaders will call on President Obama and members of Congress to take immediate steps to end the gun violence epidemic that kills 33 Americans every day.
The event takes place Monday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at Telluride Town Hall’s Rebekah Hall,
113 W. Columbia Avenue in Telluride.
Other leaders who are expected to participate include Telluride Chief Marshal James Kolar and Patrick Bailey, the pastor of Telluride’s Presbyterian Church, and others who are not confirmed yet. San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters has stated that he will not participate.
Telluride leaders will also participate in airing a new national television ad featuring family members of gun violence victims demanding a plan of action from political leaders. Airing in Colorado, the ad will specifically call on Representative Scott Tipton to support gun reforms including requiring that every person who buys a gun pass a criminal background check, removing high capacity weapons and ammunition magazines from the streets and making gun trafficking a federal crime. The ad can also be seen on the website www.DemandAPlan.org.
Monday’s event has been coordinated by the grassroots gun violence prevention advocacy organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which is hosting similar events across the country on the same day to mark the one month anniversary of Newtown.
Fraser and other members of the organization, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, held a conference call after the Sandy Hook tragedy to determine their action platform. Their first step was to draft a letter outlining a call to action which was sent to President Obama and members of the United States Congress on Dec. 19. The letter was signed by a bipartisan coalition of over 700 mayors across the nation.
The Telluride Town Council appears to be squarely behind Fraser’s efforts. At its meeting last week, council unanimously adopted a resolution “in regard to the tragic event in Newtown, Connecticut, and supporting efforts to prevent and deter such acts of violence and help ensure the safety of our children.”
The resolution states that the “Town of Telluride is a small and caring community steeped in its compassion for humankind, resolute in its endorsement of nonviolence, and unwavering in its commitment to the protection and safety of all children,” and asserts the Town’s endorsement of Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ action platform.
Since its inception in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 mayors to more than 800 mayors from across the country. The group has more than 900,000 grassroots supporters, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.