AUGUSTA, Maine, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, June 17th, Mayors Against Illegal Guns will hold a rally in Augusta, Maine as part of the "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" – a 25-state national bus tour over a period of 100 days aimed at urging America's leaders to support common-sense gun policies. Families of gun violence victims, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, and local activists will come together to voice their continued support for comprehensive and enforceable background checks, and they will thank Senators Susan Collins and Angus King for voting in favor of this life-saving measure.
This past April, Senators Collins and King stood with the 85 percent of Mainers who support background checks and voted in favor of 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.
Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in this country. "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" is part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns' ongoing, national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America – and most importantly, to urge elected officials to act on behalf of the people they represent.
What: "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" rally to thank Senators Collins and King and support comprehensive and enforceable background checks
Who: - Former U.S. Marshall Larry Gilbert
- Cathie Whittenberg, States United to Prevent Gun Violence
- Rev. Carie Johnsen, Pastor, Augusta Unitarian Universalist Church
- Michelle Pfannenstiel, Military Veteran and Former Newtown, Conn. Resident
- Judi Richardson, Mother of Gun Murder Victim Darien Richardson
Where: Augusta Area Unitarian Universalist Community Church
69 Winthrop St. Augusta, Maine
When: Rally: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Name Reading: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
For interview requests in advance and on-site, please contact Stacey Radnor at 202-870-6668.
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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