Nashville’s David Briley Joins Over 200 Mayors to Demand U.S. Senate Return to Washington to Enact Gun Control


More than 200 mayors from across the country sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to immediately call the Senate back to Washington, D.C. to take action on gun control legislation.

The press release from the U.S. Conference of Mayors is available here. The letter is available here.

The letter is signed by Republican and Democratic mayors, including Mayor Dee Margo of El Paso, Texas and Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio.

“This past weekend, senseless gun violence claimed dozens of innocent lives and forever changed countless others. America’s mayors are on the frontlines of this epidemic, and our communities can no longer wait for the federal government to take action. Keeping our cities safe is not a partisan issue. That is why we are together calling upon Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer to immediately bring the Senate back into session and take up bipartisan solutions to this crisis. The future of our nation and cities depends on it,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan.

The Tennessee mayors are who signed the letter include:

  • Knoxville: Madeline Anne Rogero
  • Nashville: David Briley
  • Chattanooga: Andy Berke

The Ohio mayors are:

  • Toledo: Wade Kapszukiewicz
  • Youngstown: Jamael Tito Brown
  • Dayton: Nan Whaley
  • Akron: Dan Horrigan
  • Canton: Thomas M. Bernabei
  • Cincinnati: John Cranley
  • Cleveland: Frank G. Jackson
  • Columbus: Andrew J. Ginther
  • Euclid: Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
  • Lima: David J. Berger

The mayors from Michigan are:

  • Rochester Hills: Bryan K. Barnett
  • Detroit: Mike Duggan
  • Flint: Karen Weaver
  • Brownstown Township: Andy Linko
  • Burton: Paula Zelenko
  • Grand Rapids: Rosalynn Bliss
  • Kalamazoo: Bobby J. Hopewell
  • Lansing: Andy Schor
  • Muskegon: Steve Gawron
  • Westland: William R. Wild
  • Rochester: Robert J. Ray

The mayors from Minnesota are:

  • Burnsville: Elizabeth B. Kautz
  • Rochester: Kim Norton
  • Edina: James B. Hovland
  • Minneapolis: Jacob Frey
  • St. Louis Park: Jake Spano
  • St. Paul: Melvin Carter
  • Duluth: Emily Larson

“There is no worse thing that can happen to a city. Dayton is pulling together, but this violence has left a lasting void in our community,” said Whaley. “We cannot allow this tragic event to fade from our memories without taking action. We cannot just accept it and wait until horror strikes again. Politics has stood in the way of action for too long, and I can tell you politics seems very petty when it is your friends and neighbors who are injured or dead. We are urging everyone in Washington to come together and end this crisis.”

Whaley recently used a misleading “250 mass shootings” number, Battleground State News reported.

USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran said, “The United States Conference of Mayors has supported common-sense gun regulations since 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy were assassinated.”

The letter urges the Senate to consider two bipartisan bills that previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives: H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. H.R. 8 would close serious loopholes in the nation’s background check system for gun purchases, and H.R. 1112 would lengthen the background check review period deadline.

McConnell has essentially blocked those bills from consideration in the Senate, Breitbart said.

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.
Photo “Gun Control Now Sign” by Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0.




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9 Thoughts to “Nashville’s David Briley Joins Over 200 Mayors to Demand U.S. Senate Return to Washington to Enact Gun Control”

  1. […] the Senate back to Washington, D.C. to take action on gun control legislation, The Tennessee Star reported. That was in response to the El Paso and Dayton […]

  2. Don

    Trump won’t LOSE the next ELECTION.

  3. Liz

    Amazing, you want gun control with open borders. Does this mean that all people who sneak into the US will be stripped of their weapons?

  4. CCW

    Please advise these gutless, larcenous mayors that we are a Republic governed by laws devised by representatives. So, by prescription, go to your local state legislatures and, like 17 other states, pass whatever Red Flag law you want. If that is not satisfactory, you can remove or modify the USC 2nd Amendment by prescription from the USC ARTICLE V Paragraph 1.

  5. Robert Roark

    The shootings this past weekend and most of those preceding these have been referred to as “senseless”. Of course they are senseless to many Americans. That’s why laws will never have a significant impact on them. Senseless is what happens when people lose a sense of humanity, goodness, and, most important, of God. America’s intelligentsia and governing elites have created this senselessness by pushing God and religion out of the public sphere and pursuing criminal prosecution of “violators”. As long as this atmosphere prevails, there will continue to be “senseless” actions by individuals who agree with it. Every society that has put its destiny in the hands of humanists and secularists has failed to survive for an extended time period and has caused the slaughter of millions of human beings.

  6. Mary

    Turning Nashville in to a sh!t hole, one step at a time.

  7. Habu

    You can make a thousand new laws and it won’t change a thing. If an individual wants to harm or kill he/she will find a way, i.e. Timothy McVeigh & the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
    I find it interesting that the first thing the “anti-gun” lobby wants to do is add senseless new laws that will be followed only by law abiding citizens. You can’t be very smart to think this will change anything. Do you really think the “street thugs” & deranged individuals are going to abide by the new laws? Really?
    I accept the fact that there are bad people in this world & that I must remain vigilant at all times. Sad but true.

  8. Russ

    For a very soon to be lame duck, he just keeps running farther left. good job.

    1. Liz

      Are you talking about the mayor’s or Trump. I’m not real sure Trump’s going to lose this next election