Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is seen in an Aug. 29, 2007 photo in Lansing, Mich. Bernero said Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 he plans to create an exploratory committee as he considers challenging Lt. Gov. John Cherry and others for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year. The former state lawmaker will file paperwork this week and plans to decide whether to enter the race early next year. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford)
(LANSING) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with Mayor Virg Bernero and about 20 other leading members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) in Washington D.C. today. Bloomberg is the co-founder of MAIG, a national coalition with more than 800 member mayors nationwide.
The mayors discussed the tragedy of gun violence in their respective cities, strategies for reducing the flow of illegal guns on our streets, persuading Congress to take swift action on President Obama's proposed reforms in the nation's gun laws, and expanding the group's membership and outreach efforts.
Yesterday, Bernero attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual plenary session, where Vice President Biden called on the nation's mayors to support President Obama's proposals to tighten criminal background checks for firearm purchases, re-enact the ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and start a national dialogue on mental health and gun violence.
On Monday, Mayor Bernero will be attending the presidential inauguration.