Is Mayor Daley the #1 gun control advocate in America?

April 4, 2011

Today, Mayor Richard M. Daley spoke at a ribbon cutting for a new housing development in North Lawndale bearing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name. Today is the anniversary of MLK's assasination in 1968.

He did not take questions at this press availability. But what he did do was spend a few minutes riling up the crowd on the need for more gun control. It's a good speech for championing his cause as a politician, but it strikes me that there are probably no other politicians in this country that would go as far as calling out the gun lobby and publicly outing the federal government for not doing more.

Wikipedia has a list of the top 35 gun control advocates in America. The list includes prominent Democrat politicians like Sen. Fienstein (California), Sen. Charles Shumer (NY) and James Brady (the official gun control advocate). The list also includes Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel.

But I would like to make an argument that none of those politicians sound like this:

Now that Mayor Daley enters into his final month in office, will we expect the same advocacy from our new mayor?