West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang signed a letter Wednesday from the U.S. Conference of Mayors calling for tighter gun control laws.
In the letter, the Conference of Mayors calls for three specific actions:
- Enact legislation to ban assault weapons and other high-capacity magazines being prepared by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others.
- Strengthen the national background check system and eliminate loopholes in it.
- Strengthen the penalties for straw purchases of guns.
The letter comes less than a week after a . It goes on to say that Congress should increase funding for mental health care and establish a commission to look at violence in the country as a whole.
"We know that preventing gun violence—whether it is a mass shooting in a school or a murder on a street corner—will take much more than strengthening our gun laws," the letter says. "We need to reverse the culture of violence in our nation so that a violent act isn’t the first response to settling a difference or compensating for a wrong."
But gun control laws shouldn't wait for other improvements to happen first, the letter says.