Mayor Barrett and Common Ground Announce City of Milwaukee Joining National Gun Safety Consortium
MILWAUKEE, November 10, 2021 — Common Ground leaders stood by Mayor Tom Barrett as he signed into law a resolution to have the City of Milwaukee join the National Gun Safety Consortium and pay $10,000 in dues. “We are working together to tackle the issue of unsecured guns,” stated Rev. Rob Ater of Immanuel Presbyterian Church and the Common Ground Strategy Team. “We want to recognize Mayor Barrett for his leadership on this.”
Common Ground, and its Metro IAF affiliates across the country, are organizing mayors and police chiefs to promote the development, distribution and use of gun security products that gun owners will actually use. Conventional gun locks and safes are seen as too slow or unwieldy to unlock in an emergency. Consequently, over 50% of gun owners do not regularly lock up their firearms.
Second, it is a market-based, rather than a legislative, approach. We are pooling our public purchasing power to show the gun industry and the tech industry that there is a demand for these products. There is no other group or campaign in the nation that is combining those two approaches to reducing gun deaths and injuries.
“Guns are not going away so we need to do everything in our power to develop and promote gun-security products that people will actually use. We need to make our guns theft-proof and child-proof. Those living with a loved one who is suicidal, need a way to secure their guns,” explained Rev. Will Davis of Invisible Reality Ministries and the Common Ground Executive Team.
Fewer than half of gun owners consistently secure their firearms. The consequences are deadly. Every day guns are stolen from homes, vehicles, or businesses. Stolen guns are frequently used in violent crimes, sometimes multiple crimes. Unsecured guns can be accessed by children or used in suicides. Two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides.
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