Mayor Carolyn Comitta of West Chester, PA, speaks during a press conference calling for laws requiring universal background checks on all gun sales, held Saturday at the West Chester Borough Hall. West Chester Councilwoman Cassandra Jones is at left. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.
More than 50 people attended the event, which was led by Chester County officials, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and CeaseFirePA and included several people who had been personally impacted by gun violence.
A recent Quinnipiac University survey shows 88 percent support for universal background checks, including 85 percent of gun owners. A McClatchy-Marist Poll showed similar results among registered voters, adding that more than eight in ten favor background checks regardless of political party.
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre objects but GOP pollster Frank Luntz found last year that 74 percent of NRA members support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun.