Flint Leaders Call On Congress To End Gun Violence As Part Of National Day To Demand Action

Mar 28, 2013, 17:32 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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NEW YORK, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local leaders gathered today at Flint City Hall as part of the National Day to Demand Action to end gun violence as President Obama met with gun violence survivors, law enforcement officials and mothers at the White House to urge Congress to reform U.S. gun laws. Attendees included Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, Police Chief Alvern Lock, and Schools Superintendent Larry Watkins.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns also released the first television ad featuring family members of those killed at Sandy Hook calling on political leaders to support sensible reforms like comprehensive and enforceable background checks.  The ad can be viewed here: www.DemandAction.org/Newtown-Families

"It has been 100 days since the horrific shooting at Newtown and Congress has done nothing to close the massive loopholes that allow felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill from easily obtaining firearms," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. "We are demanding action from Congress to enact sensible new laws to expand background checks to all gun sales and help law enforcement crack down on gun traffickers. These are reasonable solutions that will save lives and are supported by 90 percent of Americans. The time is now for Congress to act."

"Everyday our officers are working tirelessly to protect our community from crime, but their job is made all the more difficult by criminals' ability to obtain illegal guns. We need comprehensive and enforceable background checks to help save lives and protect our officers on the streets," said Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock.               

The National Day to Demand Action – organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in conjunction with Organizing for Action, Americans for Responsible Solutions and other groups – will feature hundreds of mayors, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, gun violence survivors and family members who want Congress to take immediate action to strengthen our background check system and reduce gun violence.  The day is expected to be the largest gun violence advocacy event in history and is part of the largest field campaign in U.S. history to address gun violence.  The coalition recently announced that it is hiring dozens of organizers and opening campaign offices in ten states.

In addition to the National Day to Demand Action, the bipartisan coalition is also broadcasting television ads demanding action from U.S. Senators. The Senate is expected to take up gun violence prevention legislation when it reconvenes in the second week of April.  The ads can be found here: www.demandaction.org/recessads

A partial list of major events taking place across the country is available here.   

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its inception in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 mayors to more than 900 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.4 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 their communities by holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable; demanding access to trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat illegal gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix gaps, weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns.  Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

Alex Katz: akatz1@cityhall.nyc.gov or 617-721-3779

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