LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gun violence survivors, law enforcement chiefs, and concerned citizens will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action in Little Rock Friday to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT that took the lives of 26 victims. Attendees will ask Senator Pryor to "take a second look" at the bipartisan, life-saving background check legislation introduced by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey.
The event coincides with Mayors Against Illegal Guns' official launch of its "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" tour from Newtown. The tour will go to 25 states over a period of 100 days. At each stop on the tour, gun violence survivors, their families and concerned community members will rally in support of gun violence prevention efforts and to urge their representatives in Washington to support background checks that will reduce gun violence.
Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in the United States. This past April, a minority of U.S. senators voted to block bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have helped keep guns out of the hands of criminals by requiring background checks for commercial gun sales. Recent independent polls have found that more than 84 percent of Arkansans support background checks for all gun sales.
Event details are below:
What: We Stand with Newtown Rally; Calling on Senator Mark Pryor to Take a Second Look at Manchin-Toomey Compromise Bill
Who: Angela Bradford, survivor of gun violence
Clay Robinson, survivor of gun violence
Sgt. Phillips, Little Rock Police Dept.
Richard Moorehead and Charles Austin, Southwest Little Rock Fire Chiefs
Mayors Against Illegal Guns supporters
Where: Allsop Park, 3700 Cedar Hill Rd., Little Rock, AR 72205 (Mid-town off Cantrell and Kavanaugh)
When: Friday, June 14, 11:00 AM
About Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 950 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation's mayors around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns. Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org
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