NEW YORK, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Greater NYC Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host its Second Annual Brooklyn Bridge March and Rally to End Gun Violence that will bring together hundreds of members from New York and around the country that are committed to preventing the gun violence that claims 86 American lives every day. March participants will promote the recently launched Gun Sense Voter campaign, a joint project of Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety that will, for the first time, turn out one million Americans to support common-sense gun reforms. Inspired by the words of Richard Martinez, whose son was recently killed in the UC Santa Barbara shooting, march participants and rally speakers will also demand that "Not One More!" life be ended by senseless gun violence.
WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 2014
March begins at 10:00 a.m.
Rally will follow the march around 11 a.m. at City Hall Plaza
WHERE: March begins in Brooklyn at Cadman Plaza Park, William Jay Gaynor Memorial, between Tillary Street and the BQE, Brooklyn, NY.
March ends at City Hall, 260 Broadway, New York, NY.
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, is a 43-year-old mother of five children. Watts was not an activist or involved in gun issues prior to the shootings at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012. The day after the tragedy, she started a Facebook page called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Since then, Moms Demand Action has become a nonprofit organization with a chapter in every state of the country. Watts' goal is for Moms Demand Action to become the Mothers Against Drunk Driving of safe gun laws.
Amanda Peet is an actress, playwright, UN ambassador for Shot at Life, mother of two and gun violence prevention advocate.
Marie Delus' nephew Pierre-Paul Jean-Paul was shot in Queens, NY on November 11, 2008. Two of her sons were also shot in separate incidents, and both survived. Marie is a grandmother, community advocate and a Marine Corp Veteran for Desert Storm.
Erica Lafferty's mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School who was killed in the Newtown shooting. Dawn died while trying to attack the shooter to protect the school's students.
Lucia McBath is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, 2012 during an argument over loud music. The shooter used Florida's dangerous 'Stand Your Ground' law as his defense.
Antonius Wiriadjaja was shot in the chest by a stray bullet in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.
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 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. Since its inception after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 1.8 million supporters including moms, mayors, survivors, and everyday Americans who are fighting for reforms that respect the Second Amendment and protect people. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Greater NYC Chapter
Contact: Janina Bandi
Contact: Kim Russell, National Director of Outreach
SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America