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Protesters: 'Mayor Inks, Your Position Stinks!'

Anti-violence advocates let Mountain View mayor know how they feel about him ignoring Mayors Against Illegal Guns cause.

Mountain View protesters marched to City Hall last week advocating Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Photo courtesy of Josh Wolf.
Mountain View protesters marched to City Hall last week advocating Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Photo courtesy of Josh Wolf.
Chanting "Mayor Inks, your position stinks! Stand against illegal guns!" a Silicon Valley Organizing for Action group marched down Castro Street to City Hall Thursday to encourage the Mountain View mayor to join their campaign against gun violence.

"We were marching because no local mayor should be able to get away with not supporting Mayors Against Illegal Guns," said chapter-lead organizer Josh Wolf.

"Our message was well received as people dining on Castro Street applauded our efforts, and signed on to our petition asking Mayor Inks to join."

Wolf said the gun-violence prevention advocates are frustrated that John Inks has not aligned with 1,000 mayors nationwide, from cities including Palo Alto and Sunnyvale, and joined the movement Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  

"The Mountain View mayor has refused our request to join the coalition, so we are rallying to demonstrate broad support for commonsense measures to prevent gun violence," he said.
  
The roughly 40 protesters who participated last week, Wolf said, "were energized by the positive feedback."

Mayor Inks has not yet responded to an inquiry from Patch, as he was away from city offices and could not be reached for comment last week. Inks' opinion on the march and the cause will be added when available.

In the past, Wolf said, Inks declined joining the coalition as the mayor questioned whether it would truly stem violence and perhaps was more of an "anti-gun" agenda. 

Organizing for Action (OFA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to "tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington" by addressing job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun-violence prevention, immigration reform and climate change. 

The group held a rally in August in Palo Alto where some 50 volunteers thanked Mayor Gregory Scharff for aligning with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Wolf said.

"We are working to hold elected officials accountable for failing to take action to prevent gun violence," he summed.

According to the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website, the group has the backing of 1,000 mayors from 46 states and 1.5 million supporters nationwide. 

For more information on Organizing for Action, click here.
Paul Sanders October 22, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Good Job INKS, Stand for LIBERTY! It is already illegal to kill someone. and the criminals do not buy firearms at the store. not to mention you are more likely to be killed by the hand. so should we outlaw all hands?? These people are crazy, they do not live in the real world. they live in a bubble called Mountain View. don't get me wrong. I love it here, weather is great and some of the best roads in the world are just a few miles away. but none of these people are self sufficient. and none of them have ever lived in an area where you must take care of yourself. no need to further burden the people with taxes hidden as fees and legislation that does nothing more than rob people of liberty. Great JOB INKS !!!!
Paul Sanders October 22, 2013 at 02:55 PM
P.S. there are already plenty of communist/Socialist countries to choose from. leave my country alone please.
Herbert GARY Maxwell October 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Stand strong Mayor Inks. I fully support your position against these socialists with their NO guns agenda.
lillian hinchcliff October 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM
I wish Inks would share his position publicly so we don't all make assumptions about his position. While I do not have guns, I would if sound suppressors were legal. Imagine an entire target range with quiet pops instead of loud bangs. I cant stand the noise so I do own numerous crossbows. I am incensed that brass knuckles and butterfly knives are illegal in California.
True October 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Ok, everyone who is in favor of illegal guns raise your hand......hmm, nuthin. Nobody is in favor of illegal guns which is why we have laws restricting who can own them, use them and how they can be transferred. Mayors Against Illegal Guns has nothing to do with illegal guns and everything to do with making illegal the ownership and use of currently legal firearms. It is an advocacy group headed by NY Mayor Bloomberg. Their marketing claims support for the Second Amendment but their actions show that they are anything but. Supporting better enforcement of current statutes against illegal use, sale and possession of firearms is a good thing and if Mayor Inks were to come out with a position in keeping with that I'd support it. Supporting an organization comprised of anti-Second Amendment loons? Not so much. Bravo Mayor Inks
stewart resmer October 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Here in Wayne NJ 07470 at a mayoral debate moderated by the League of Women Voters, mayor Vergano said the reason tthat he would not sign on was because it is a 'national issue' and not a hometown one. Gosh I do sincerely hope it is never a hometown issue...but in the meantime I wonder? Could you help me to educate Mr Vergano on this issue and the importance of a national issue on a home town just the same? verganoc@waynetownship.com Gat a load of the anon comments here: http://wayne.patch.com/groups/elections/p/mayoral-candidates-discuss-criticize-redevelopment-plan-at-forum
Olescotty October 27, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Stand your ground Mayor Inks. No one is in favor of illegal guns. Criminals do not purchase guns through gun stores, so making the already oppressive laws even more stringent will only serve to prevent law abiding citizens from obtaining a firearm. Read between the lines on these feel good laws. Yeah, they sound good...but "Mayors against illegal guns"? LOL NO ONE is IN favor of ILLEGAL guns.

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