Media Advisory: As Children Return To School, Georgians Will Deliver Postcard-Filled Backpacks Calling On Senator Chambliss To Support Background Checks

Nine Months After Sandy Hook School Shooting, Congress Has Yet to Take Action to Prevent Future Tragedies

Backpack Delivery Will Urge Senator Chambliss to Support Legislation Requiring Background Checks Supported by 91 percent of Georgians; Visit Online Petition Signed by Over 41,000 at maig.us/school

ATLANTA, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With children back in school after the summer break, Georgians will deliver backpacks filled with signed postcards to the office of Senator Saxby Chambliss in Atlanta on Friday, calling on him to support comprehensive, life-saving background checks on all commercial gun sales. At the delivery, seven backpacks will be dropped to represent the seven children and young people who are murdered with guns every day in America. Over 41,000 Americans have signed the Back-to-School Background Checks Petition. To sign, visit maig.us/school.

In the nine months since the Sandy Hook massacre that took the lives of 26 first graders and their teachers, Congress has yet to take action to pass legislation that will prevent future tragedies. This past April, the Senate voted on bipartisan background check legislation supported by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have helped keep guns out the wrong hands by extending background checks for all gun sales at gun shows and online. This common-sense measure failed, however, after it was blocked by a minority of senators – including Senator Chambliss.  

Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in America— and seven of those are children. The backpack delivery is part of a national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America—and most importantly, to urge Senator Chambliss and other elected officials to prioritize the safety of the people they represent.

Backpack delivery details are below:

Atlanta

What: Backpack delivery of postcards and press conference urging Senator Chambliss to support comprehensive, life-saving background checks on all gun sales.

Who: Gun Owners
Family Members of Gun Violence Victims
Gun Violence Prevention Advocates

Where: Press Conference at the Entrance to the Office Park at 2852 Galleria Parkway, SE, after which supporters will walk to Senator Chambliss' office to deliver postcards
Atlanta, GA 30339

When: Friday, September 13th 12:00pm

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 1,000 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters – including more than 56,000 in Georgia – 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

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just over nine months, the organization has more than 100,000 members with chapters in every state across the country.

CONTACTS 
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Kate Downen: kdownen@maig.org or 406-224-5056
Jack Warner: jwarner@maig.org or 646-324-8246

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Kim Russell: krussell@momsdemandaction.org or 917-226-4420

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns



RELATED LINKS
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