MADISON, Wis. -

Hundreds of mayors stood up Thursday in support of gun safety measures, including Madison’s mayor.

Mayor Paul Soglin’s afternoon news conference was one of more than 100 events organized by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The group dubbed Thursday “National Day to Demand Action,” in an effort to fight gun violence.

The group wants people to call lawmakers and ask them to pass gun control reforms like background checks.

“At some point, you're going to have to decide if you're going to lead or you're going to follow,” Soglin said. “And to me, [gun control reform] is one of the most important issues of our lifetime.”

Another Wisconsin mayor, Todd Novak of Dodgeville, declined to participate. He said his constituents living in rural areas might not support the cause.

Soglin said he would consider putting the issue to a vote in Madison in the future.