Wharton commends president's gun control proposal - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Wharton commends president's gun control proposal

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton positively reacted to the president's plan to address gun violence Wednesday.

As President Barack Obama outlined his plan to curb gun violence in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre — Wharton celebrated. 

"We as mayors said enough is enough, and this is what we were pushing for," said Wharton.

Mayor Wharton served on Vice President Joe Biden's committee to offer suggestions, from experts, to the president.

"Our collective request was that get us the information we need, get us the resources and let us fight this battle from the top down," said Wharton. 

Wharton welcomes the potential for national help with a problem Memphis knows too well about.  

The same day of the Newtown shootings, Memphis police officer Martoiya Lang was gunned down. 

"A good chunk of this represents something that is doable, and will have a measurable impact on the streets of Memphis," said Wharton.

In short the president's proposals call for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammo clips, background checks on all buyers, more funds for mental-health care and more support for school security.

Proposals the president admits won't be easy to push through. 

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