Tonawanda News

December 29, 2012

Ortt disavows gun control list

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt said a letter sent to President Barack Obama and other Congressional leaders by an advocacy group launched by the mayor of New York City included his name without his permission. 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun control group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken proponent of gun control, sent a letter to the nation’s top lawmakers on Dec. 19. Ortt said his name appeared on the letter as being in favor of stricter gun control laws.  

“I did not personally sign any letter and I am very upset that my name would be associated with this letter or with this organization,” Ortt said in a statement released on Thursday. “While I was deeply saddened and angered by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I am equally saddened and angered by those seeking to politicize this tragedy in order to push a political agenda that restricts our Second Amendment rights.”

Ortt said he just discovered the details behind the letter this week and sent an e-mail to the organization asking that his name be removed from any future correspondence. 

“I never joined that organization and I do not share their agenda,” he said. 

Ortt added: “I certainly believe that some action should be taken to protect our children and our families from the threat of violence. It should involve a multi-layered response that includes reforms to our mental health systems as well as how our teachers and parents can better take care of our children, both in out of the classroom. However, disarming law-abiding citizens does nothing to make our schools, our streets or our communities safer.”