Oak Creek mayor says mass shootings are caused by more than guns

CREATED Sep. 18, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be rallying on Capitol Hill after another mass shooting that left 13 people dead, according to Politico.

The group's rally is a part of their "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” initiative. Senate attempted to pass background check legislation in April, but could not get the votes needed.

"To have something like this happen in a military facility shows it can happen anywhere," said Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi.

Oak Creek has been at the center of the discussion about mass shootings since a gunman opened fire at the Sikh Temple there more than a year ago. Mayor Scaffidi has participated in that discussion and has supported some aspects of gun control, including stronger background checks.

But he said he is more convinced than ever the conversation has to be about more than guns.

"Until we start dealing with the issues of individuals who are carrying out these acts, I think we are going to continue to see these events happen," he said.

Mental health is a very important issue that has been a common theme in the recent shootings.

Majority leader Harry Reid said they would continue to try to pass gun control legislation, but he doesn't have high hopes.

“We’re going to move this up as quickly as we can but we’ve got to have the votes first,” Reid told the website. “We don’t have the votes. I hope we get them but we don’t have them now.”