Oak Creek mayor: political bickering over gun control "irresponsible"

CREATED Jan 16, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Oak Creek mayor Steven Scaffidi is demanding the government take action to curb gun violence.  Refusing to act would be "irresponsible," he said.

"Regardless of political party, you should look at the consequences of what's going on in this country and make a decision based on that," Scaffidi told WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News. 

The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek was the scene of a mass shooting in 2012.  Scaffidi, and other mayors who have dealt with similar mass shootings, attended Pres. Obama's gun reform announcement Wednesday morning.

"This is a club you don't want to belong to, he admitted.  "We (the mayors) have all gone through events like this.  As an elected official, I appreciate the fact they reached out to us."

Scaffidi, a gun owner himself, vowed to keep fighting for change and demanded lawmakers to eliminate partisan politics.

"It's lazy and intellectually dishonest. I'm not going to put up with it."