Marc Garber, Host, WNYC News
Marc joined WNYC in 2006 after working most of the previous three decades in commercial radio, including at WQXR when it was still part of The New York Times Company.
As Vice President Joe Biden considers recommendations to curb gun violence, New York's two U.S. Senators are weighing in.
In a letter to fellow Democrat Biden released Sunday, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are advocating legislation designed to crack down on gun trafficking and tighten background checks.
During a Sunday press conference Gillibrand said, "Keeping our children safe from the scourge of gun violence is not a Democratic or Republican principle. It's not a pro-gun principle or an anti-gun principle. This is an issue that all Americans support."
The Senators argue for a bill that would make it illegal to traffic or assist in the trafficking of a firearm.
"85 to 90 per cent of our guns that are used in crimes come from out of state," Schumer said. "They don't come randomly. They come from states with lax gun laws where just about anybody can buy a gun."
Schumer and Gillibrand also want to see a bill that would requiring states to send records on felons, drug abusers, and the seriously mentally to the federal system for background checks on gun buyers.
Last month, Vice President Biden was put in charge of a task force to offer recommendations after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 26 people, including 20 children.