New Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has joined the controversial anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
In a statement announcing his inclusion in the group, Emanuel said almost half the guns recovered in Chicago come from outside Illinois. He said Chicago must work with other cities to stem gun trafficking, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.
Officials say 80% of murder victims in Chicago in 2010 were killed with a gun.
More than 500 mayors from all over the country make up the group, which was started in 2006 by New York City's billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who is outspoken in his opposition to gun rights.
On its site, Mayors Against Illegal Guns writes:
We support the Second Amendment and the rights of citizens to own guns. We recognize that the vast majority of gun dealers and gun owners carefully follow the law. And we know that a policy that is appropriate for a small town in one region of the country is not necessarily appropriate for a big city in another region of the country.
But what binds us together is a determination to fight crime, and a belief that we can do more to stop criminals from getting guns while also protecting the rights of citizens to freely own them.We have seen how the polarizing rhetoric of gun politics on all sides only obscures the tragic reality we see every day on our streets: violent criminals with easy access to illegal guns.