Feeling that a currently proposed gun bill does not begin to face the problem of illegal hand guns, Bloomberg told Congressional lawmakers that combating gun violence is not a partisan issue nor a question of ideologies but a necessary step to protect the citizenry from bodily harm. It was stressed that 80 percent of the illegal guns confiscated in New York came from out of state.
With Mayor Laura Miller of Dallas, Mayor Anthony Williams of Washington and Mayor John Street of Philadelphia forming the vanguard, the concept is beginning to gain the attention of city leaders around the nation.
Notwithstanding this encouraging outpour of enthusiasm in regard to the elimination of illegal hand guns, in all likelihood, if we are to gain from past experience, this latest crusade to quell widespread killing will fall on deaf ears. The Congress has long been known to be susceptible to the lobbies for individual industries who are of great benefit to politicians at election time. The majority of the Senate and the House of Representatives are primarily interested in renewing their current term of office and consequently, the will of the people becomes subordinate to the desires of the power structure, so long as many members of Congress allow themselves to be venal tools of lobbies, gun control will never be handled in an acceptable way.
Until Washington legislators realize that the proper needs of the citizens should take precedence over personal aggrandizement, a disservice will be bestowed upon the American people.