Tucson Mayor Introduces ‘Civility Accord’

By Eliza

Jan 19, 2011 5:18pm

ABC News' Mary Bruce reports: In the wake of the recent tragedy, Tucson Mayor Robert Walkup introduced a “Civility Accord” to the nation’s mayors today, urging his colleagues in cities across the country to “lead by example.”

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Walkup said he was signing the accord in honor of those who died in the deadly shooting earlier this month.

“I will sign the Civility Accord because I know every single one of the people who went to see [Rep. Gabrielle Giffords] were kind and loving people. She was that way. They were full of civility. They were full of the things that we want all of our people to be,” Walkup said.

“Most of us are elected officials only for the moment, but we are human beings forever,” he added, highlighting the importance of civility.

The accord states that those who sign it must “respect the right of all Americans to hold different opinions,” “avoid rhetoric intended to humiliate, de-legitimize, or question the patriotism of those whose opinions are different from ours” and “choose words carefully,” among other things.

“We believe that because mayors are the elected leaders closest to the people, restoration of civility must begin with us,” the document reads.

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley took things a step further, calling for a “common sense conversation on gun laws” in light of the deadly shooting in Tucson.

“Tragedy in America by gun violence is overtaking us, violence continually, and not just in Tucson, but every one of our cities,” Daley explained. “We see far too often violence. It just becomes a normal way of life in America. We should re-discuss the issue of people arming themselves in our cities.”

Daley, who was presented with the Distinguished Public Service Award for his 22 years of service as Mayor advocated that “civility has to take place in your homes and places of worship, in the community and not just in politics, but every place.”

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