Arizonans Demand Explanation From Senator Flake On His 'No' Vote On Background Checks And Unanswered Meeting Requests

Gun Violence Survivors and Family Members Requested Meetings to Ask Why Flake Voted Against Commonsense, Life-Saving Solution Supported by 90 Percent of Arizona Voters;

May 01, 2013, 13:35 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

PHOENIX, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arizona gun violence survivors and family members will gather on Thursday in Phoenix to demand a response to their requests to meet with Senator Jeff Flake to learn more about why he voted against the 90 percent of Arizona voters who support background checks for gun sales. Parents, families, friends and individuals who have been affected by gun violence have sent letters and emails asking for a face-to-face meeting and an explanation on Flake's vote against commonsense background checks – their requests have gone unanswered.

The bipartisan legislation Flake voted against was proposed by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, and would have closed the loopholes that make it easy for dangerous people to get guns. A recent poll also showed that in a future election, 52 percent of Arizona voters were less likely to cast a ballot for Flake because of his "no" vote on the background check bill.

Details of the event are below:

What: Arizona gun violence survivors and family members demand response from Senator Flake on unanswered meeting requests

Who: Caren Teves – mother of Alex Teves who was killed shielding his fiancee during the Aurora movie theatre shootings               
Pat Maisch - wrestled a magazine of bullets away from Tucson shooter Jared Loughner to prevent additional shootings
Other Arizona gun violence survivors and family members

When: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 9:45 AM

Where: Senator Jeff Flake's Office: 2200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ

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