Seven years ago this month, Boston Mayor Tom Menino and I
invited 13 other mayors to join us in forming a new bi-partisan
coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
At the time, the silence coming
from Washington on gun policy was as deafening as it was deadly.
as frustrated by that as I was – and together, we resolved to do
something about it. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of working
closely with Tom to expand our coalition – we now have more than 900
mayors from every region of the country – and to force Washington to
hear the voices of mayors, police chiefs and the victims of gun violence
and their families.
The fact that the US Senate will hold a vote next
month on the first major gun safely legislation in more than a decade
is a testament to Tom’s determined leadership.
As his partner in the
coalition, I want to thank Mayor Menino for all his extraordinary work
in the fight to make our communities – and our country – safer. And as
someone who was born in the city he has served so well, I want to thank
him for his outstanding record of accomplishment over the past 20
He will be remembered as one of the most influential and
important mayors in Boston’s long history, and – it is my fervent hope –
someone who began to turn the tide against the scourge of gun violence
in this country.
It seems only fitting that he is making this
announcement on the day that our coalition is conducting the most
sweeping day of advocacy in U.S. history aimed at reducing gun violence.
And I know that as the debate in Washington unfolds in the weeks ahead,
Mayor Menino will be helping to lead the charge – just as he has always