Democratic candidate for mayor William Tong says keeping families safe is the "most important job of any government or any mayor."
That's the stance Tong is taking in his quest to become Stamford's next mayor. Thursday Tong met with police and local leaders to address how the city can improve public safety.
Much of Tong's plan stems from gun control. The state representative hailed the recently-passed state laws that add 100 gun types to the state ban list and require background checks.
Tong called the laws "some of the strongest gun laws in the nation."
"What we have to address is the proliferation and increased fire power of these weapons," says Ron Pinciaro, executive director of CT Against Gun Violence.
Pinciaro was one of about a dozen leaders Tong met with. Local leaders in public safety agreed Thursday one law won't solve everything.
Tong says he has a three-point plan regarding public safety. He says he wants to encourage more gun buyback programs, improve communication between the city and residents and add 25 police offers to Stamford's force.
"Will there be gun crime as long as there are guns? Yes," Tong says. "We should invest in our police department here in Stamford."
Tong suggests ensuring at least one police officer keeps tabs on gun trafficking in local neighborhoods. The idea, he says, is more police in the community will keep illegal guns off the street.
"The urban violence problem is what we have to focus on -- guns getting into the hands of prohibited users, who are then committing crimes with [the guns]," Pinciaro says.
"[It's about] putting more cops on the streets," Tong says. "They'll be in an apartment building, on the street, in a shopping center talking to people, understanding where the flow of guns is coming from."
Thursday marked the second of six stops Tong will make before the Democratic primary election Sept. 10. On this mini tour, he plans to discuss home financing, education and infrastructure.