excerpt from “Gun-control group tries to pressure Pa. congressmen with poll numbers” by Emma Jacobs, Newsworks, NPR, March 6, 2013 (also broadcast this morning)
Mandatory background checks for gun buyers seem to be the one thing the public can agree to support.
And supporters of mandatory background checks for gun buyers are citing overwhelming public support to push legislators to act.
The latest numbers come from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that conducted polls in congressional districts across the country, including four moderate Republican districts in Southeast Pennsylvania.
In West Chester, the borough council unanimously passed a resolution in support of gun-control laws. Mayor Carolyn Comitta says, however, that’s just eight people. A member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, she says these numbers should pack a bigger punch.
“When you have 96 percent in one district in support of something, in this case, background checks, that is very important information for an elected official to know,” Comitta said Wednesday.
Her borough falls in U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach’s district….
The offices of U.S. Reps. Jim Gerlach and Mike Fitzpatrick did not return calls seeking comment….
Read the full article at Newsworks