Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
OMAHA—When it comes to gun control and this year’s mayor’s race incumbent Democrat Jim Suttle is on his own.
On his own politically and, at least for now, publicly as well.
Two months ago, shortly after the Connecticut school massacre, Suttle and hundreds of mayor’s across the country signed a letter urging President Obama and Congress to “mandate criminal background checks on all U.S. gun sales and remove military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines from our streets.”
Nebraska Watchdog asked Suttle’s four major opponents if they would have signed the letter.
All four said “no.”
In addition during the only two mayoral question and answer sessions of the campaign so far—with all five candidates asked by the public for their views on a variety of issues such as taxes, pension reform, race relations and public access TV—the question of gun control was never raised.
And that includes this week’s two hour Q&A held near 24th and Lake Streets on the city’s bullet plagued north side.
As for Suttle’s letter to President Obama, State Sen. Brad Ashford, an independent, tells Nebraska Watchdog he wouldn’t sign the letter because “it wouldn’t work.”
Ashford believes the emphasis must be put on treating those with mental illnesses.
Republican Dave Nabity said the best protection against “an insane person with a gun is a sane person with a gun.”
Nabity’s fellow Republican, City Councilwoman Jean Stothert, who blamed criminals for Omaha’s violent streak, was more diplomatic.
“We need leaders to focus on the underlying causes of crime and violence, including illegal guns, rather than dissuade law abiding citizens from responsible gun ownership,” Stothert told Nebraska Watchdog.
A statement issued by Republican Dan Welch’s campaign said Welch, a former city council president, would not have signed the letter. The statement did not elaborate.
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