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Mayors nationwide push senators to back gun control

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More than 100 of American's mayors demanded action from Congress Thursday on the issue of gun control.

In Madison, Mayor Paul Soglin focused on the dangers of firearms. He was joined by a police captain and state policymaker during a news conference.

"The data is very conclusive, logic tells us, the more firearms out there, the more frequently they will be used in a most dangerous way," Soglin says. Mayor Soglin and the other mayors say universal background checks are the next step. Pro-gun rights groups in Wisconsin dispute that.

"Those individuals who are currently buying guns in the streets and committing crimes with them simply won't decide, 'well, let's go to a gun store to register this transaction,' that won't happen," President and co-chair of Wisconsin Carry Nik Clark says.

State Representative Terese Burceau has co-written a bill requiring universal background checks in Wisconsin. She says, "After Columbine we did nothing, after Aurora we did nothing, we have done nothing for decade after decade and I ask the question, how much death are we willing to take and accept as the cost of doing absolutely nothing?"

Now the group wants Congress to do more. New York City Michael Bloomberg led the charge Saturday, announcing a $12 million ad campaign from Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

"I support the right of Mayor Bloomberg to spend as much of his money as he wants. I do think it's indicative of the fact that when Wisconsin Carry needs to raise money, we get donations from thousands of thousands of citizens," Clark says.

Mayor Soglin maintains support for the background checks. "There is overwhelming support. Over 80 percent for background checks," Soglin says.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett also held a news conference Thursday.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Mayors nationwide are holding events Thursday to pressure elected officials to support federal gun control legislation.

Saturday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new $12 million television ad campaign from 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns.' The New York Times reports Bloomberg is financing the campaign. He's the group's co-chair.

Thursday afternoon, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin will hold a press conference in reference to action on guns.

Reporter Danielle Lama will have more from Soglin on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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