On a Fateful Anniversary, Remembrances in More Than 50 Communities Across America to Urge Common Sense Gun Laws

Immediate Goal Is Congressional Passage of Legislation to Close the Gun

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Mar 27, 2008, 01:00 ET from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

    WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, April 16,
 the first anniversary of the terrible tragedy that took 32 innocent lives
 at Virginia Tech, local citizens in more than 50 cities and towns across
 America will participate in events to remember that tragedy - as well as
 all victims and survivors of gun violence - and call on Congress to act to
 strengthen the Brady background check system by closing the gun show
     Through a variety of activities, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
 Violence with its Million Mom March Chapters, as well as numerous community
 allies and activists, will remember the 100,000 people who are killed or
 injured every year in America with firearms, as well as their families and
 loved ones.
     The bulk of the April 16th activities will be local "lie-ins" where
 mothers and fathers, young and old, gun violence victims, college students
 and other citizens lie down in groups of 32 to recall the 32 innocent
 victims murdered at Virginia Tech. They'll remain lying for just a few
 short minutes to highlight the short length of time it takes to purchase a
 gun in the United States.
     A volunteer activist from Alexandria, Virginia, Abigail Spangler of
 ProtestEasyGuns.com, started these "lie-in" protests following the Virginia
 Tech tragedy last year. "We were tired of hearing that nothing can be
 done," Spangler said. "We refuse to accept that, and we'll keep making our
 voices heard until we pass laws that make our children and our communities
     The Brady Campaign advocates for common sense laws, like closing the
 gun show loophole, to restrict access to guns by dangerous people because
 allowing convicted felons and domestic abusers to buy guns at gun shows
 from unlicensed sellers without a Brady criminal background check threatens
 the safety of our families and communities.
     "The American people know that it's too easy for dangerous people to
 obtain dangerous weapons," said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady
 Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Congress should close the gun show
 loophole immediately, and take other common sense steps to fight gun
     Details about specific events will be released later. Following is a
 partial list of the locations where the April 16 remembrances will be held.
 (Local press can contact the Brady Campaign for details.)
     Arizona: Phoenix
     California: Bakersfield, Chico, Fairfield, Grass Valley, Los Angeles,
 Oakland, Pine Mountain, Pleasant Hill, San Diego, San Mateo
     Colorado: Boulder, Denver
     Connecticut: Stamford
     District of Columbia: Capitol Building, Supreme Court
     Florida: Miami
     Hawaii: Honolulu
     Illinois: DeKalb, Chicago, Naperville
     Indiana: Bloomington, South Bend
     Maine: Portland
     Maryland: Baltimore
     Massachusetts: Boston
     Michigan: Detroit, Kalamazoo
     Minnesota: Duluth, St. Paul
     New Jersey: Ewing, Princeton, Trenton
     New York: Albany, Bronx, Crown Heights, Ithaca, Times Square, Harlem
     North Carolina: Chapel Hill, Wilmington, Winston-Salem
     Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo
     Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
     South Carolina: Columbia
     Texas: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth
     Virginia: Blacksburg, Hampton Roads, Richmond
     Washington: Seattle
     As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading
 the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated
 network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible
 gun laws, regulations, and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted
 to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe
 at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.
     ProtestEasyGuns.com is a grassroots lie-in protest movement that
 emerged last year in response to the deadliest shooting rampage by a single
 individual in U.S. history at Virginia Tech. Supporters are outraged at how
 easy it is to obtain a gun in the United States and believe it is time to
 change lax U.S. gun laws that allow criminals and dangerous individuals
 easy access to guns. Each of the protests includes 32 individuals
 (symbolizing the number of students and teachers murdered at Virginia Tech
 and the 32 Americans murdered with guns every day in the United States).
 Protesters lie down silently for three minutes (signifying the brief amount
 of time it takes to buy a gun in the United States). The goal is to
 encourage like-minded citizens to stage their own protests around the
 country to influence the public discourse and ultimately the legislative
 process with regard to this critical national problem. Visit
     For continuing insight and comment on the gun issue, read Paul Helmke's
 blog at www.bradycampaign.org/blog/. Visit the Brady Campaign website at
     CONTACT: Brady Campaign Communications, 202-898-0792,

SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence