WASHINGTON, DC – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, President of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), today released the following statement on Washington’s decision to delay debate on gun legislation:

“Senate leadership is dodging the hard stuff. Leader McConnell is ignoring urgent debates and pressing deadlines which exacerbates the sense of insecurity and vulnerability that young people across our nation are experiencing. What’s the case on the issue of gun safety is true on DACA and immigration. There are commonsense, bipartisan workable solutions for both crises in front of leadership, yet, once again, Washington kicks the can down the road and leaves millions of lives in uncertain limbo.

“Mayors of both parties recognize there are common sense solutions we can enact to keep guns out of the hands of those who want to hurt other people – we’re working across party lines with our partners in law enforcement.  Mayors push beyond the partisan and political roadblocks that stall the ability to help find solutions – and we have allowed the hard truths to guide our proposals on these serious issues. It’s time Washington had the courage to do the same.”