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SOU T11 8F <br /> O \liii� 4d <br /> 4 � <br /> i <br /> r-- <br /> x x <br /> 1565 <br /> CITY OF SOUTH BEND <br /> PETE BUTTIGIEG, MAYOR <br /> OFFICE OF THE MAYOR <br /> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <br /> January 16, 2013 <br /> Contact: Mike Schmuhl <br /> Phone: 574-235-9261 <br /> MAYOR BUTTIGIEG JOINS NATIONAL BIPARTISAN COALITION OF MAYORS <br /> COMMITTED TO ENDING GUN VIOLENCE ACROSS AMERICA <br /> Mayor Joins Group As White House Unveils Gun Control Proposals <br /> SOUTH BEND -- In an effort to combat the senseless gun violence that claims 34 American <br /> lives every day, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national <br /> bipartisan coalition of more than 800 mayors. These leaders are committed to protecting their <br /> communities by keeping illegal guns and military style weapons off their streets and out of their <br /> schools. <br /> Since its inception in April 2006,Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 mayors to <br /> more than 800 from across the country. The coalition also has more than 700,000 grassroots <br /> supporters,making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. <br /> Its co-chairs are New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. <br /> Menino. <br /> Members include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in big cities and small towns alike, <br /> from a variety of states across the nation. While their backgrounds may differ, on this issue they <br /> stand together and speak with one voice —united for the sake of our public safety. They <br /> understand that support for Second Amendment rights goes hand-in-hand with the kind of <br /> common-sense gun policies that carry broad public support—including among gun owners. <br /> "Like many communities across the United States, South Bend has witnessed senseless acts of <br /> violence in our neighborhoods involving illegally obtained guns," said Mayor Buttigieg. "In <br /> joining this group, South Bend is joining hundreds of cities across America to provide better <br /> safeguards for our communities and children." <br /> 1400 COUNTY-CITY BUILDING•227 W.JEFFERSON BOULEVARD•SOUTH BEND,INDIANA 46601 <br /> PHONE 574/235-9261 • FAx 574/235-9892 • TTD 574/235-5567 <br />