MARIETTA, Ga. and ROSWELL, Ga., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns:
Gun violence survivors and concerned Georgians will deliver petitions to the offices of U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey and U.S. Representative Tom Price on Thursday, calling on them to support comprehensive, life-saving background checks on all gun sales. Recent independent polls have found that 91 percent of Georgians support background checks.
Petitions to be delivered urge representatives to vote for bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House introduced in April by Representatives Pete King (R-N.Y.) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) that would close the loopholes that make it easy for criminals and dangerous people to get guns. The King-Thompson legislation is identical to bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
Among those to deliver petitions in Marietta will be Lucy McBath, whose daughter was a victim of gun violence; John Starbuck, father of Meleia Starbuck, a victim of gun violence; and Ronnie Mosely, a Morehouse College student whose brother was a victim of gun violence. In Roswell, John Starbuck will be joined by Ronnie Mayer and Mike Schwartz, two Georgia gun owners.
Event details are below (all times local.)
Georgians to Deliver Petitions Calling on U.S. Representative Gingrey to Support Comprehensive, Life-Saving Background Checks
Lucy McBath, daughter was a victim of gun violence;
John Starbuck, father of Meleia Starbuck, a victim of gun violence;
Ronnie Mosley, Morehouse College student whose brother was a victim of gun violence
Office of U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey - 219 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Thursday, May 30, 1:30 PM
Georgians to Deliver Petitions Calling on U.S. Representative Price to Support Comprehensive, Life-Saving Background Checks
John Starbuck, father of Meleia Starbuck, a victim of gun violence
Ronnie Mayer, gun owner
Mike Schwartz, gun owner
Office of U.S. Representative Tom Price - 85-C Mill Street, Suite 300, Roswell, GA 30075
Thursday, May 30, 11:00 AM
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
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