Participants to Read Names of Thousands of Americans Killed By Gun Violence, Hold Moment of Silence for Aurora Victims at 12:38 a.m. When Shooting Occurred
Event is Part of "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" Bus Tour;
AURORA, Colo., July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, July 19th, survivors of the Aurora theater massacre, families of victims, several Newtown families, gun violence prevention advocates, and local faith leaders will gather in Aurora, Colorado to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater that killed 12 people and injured another 70. They will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action, urging America's leaders to take meaningful action to reduce gun violence nationwide.
After a press conference featuring remarks from this group, participants will read the names of thousands of gun violence victims from across the country. This will last until 12:38 a.m. on Saturday, July 20th, when there will be a moment of silence at the exact time of the July 2012 shooting.
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 prioritize the safety of the people they represent.
Remembrance Event to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Aurora Theater Shooting
- Stephen Barton, survivor of the Aurora theater shooting
- Tom Sullivan, 27-year-old son Alex was killed in the Aurora shooting
- Caren Teves, 24-year-old son Alex was killed in the Aurora shooting
- Erica Lafferty, mother Dawn Hochsprung was killed in the Newtown shooting
- Carlee Soto, sister Victoria was killed in the Newtown shooting
- Jane Dougherty, sister Mary Sherlach was killed in the Newtown shooting
- Mark Glaze, Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns
- Pastor Del Phillips
Smokey Hill Shelter
Cherry Creek State Park (East Entrance)
4201 S. Parker Road
Aurora, Colorado 80014
Friday, July 19th
Press Conference Time: 12:00 p.m. MT
Reading of names of gun violence victims to follow press conference and continue until moment of silence at 12:38 a.m. MT (Saturday morning) when the shooting occurred.
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
The coalition includes 13 member-mayors from Colorado: Golden Mayor and Mayors Against Illegal Guns Colorado Chairwoman Marjorie Sloan; Boulder Mayor Matthew Appelbaum; Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock; Englewood Mayor Randy P. Penn; Lafayette Mayor Carolyn Cutler; Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy; Louisville Mayor Robert Muckle; Manitou Springs Mayor Marc A. Snyder; Nederland Mayor Joe Gierlach; Northglenn Mayor Joyce Downing; Salida Mayor Don Stephens; Superior Mayor Andrew Muckle; and Telluride Mayor Stuart Fraser.
SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns