Daley, mayors nationwide pushing national gun legislation

February 28, 2011

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(AP/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley second from right, talks to his press secretary Jackie Heard, right, at a news conference Monday.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is joining with 550 mayors nationwide in calling for stricter national gun laws.  He's part of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national political movement seeking to push two initiatives through Congress.  They want a comprehensive national database of people who are prohibited from buying guns and they want every gun sale to be subject to a background check.

Daley says he doesn't understand why this kind of legislation has been so hard to pass. 

"There's something wrong with America.  I don't understand it.  It's not just elected officials, it's people in general.  They are not outraged about this," says Daley. 

Daley says Americans ought to be ashamed by gun violence.

He made his comments near a truck sponsored by the group Mayor's Against Illegal Guns.  The truck keeps a running tally of American's killed with guns since the Tucson shootings in early January.  At the beginning of the press conference the digital display read 1,731.  By the end, two more people had been added to that tally.