Hoosiers To Gather For "We Stand With Newtown" Rally, Calling On Representatives Brooks And Visclosky To Co-Sponsor Life-Saving Background Check Legislation

Concerned Citizens Will Join Together in a Day of Remembrance and Call to Action in Indianapolis and Gary to Mark Six Months Since Newtown Shooting

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Jun 13, 2013, 17:33 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

INDIANAPOLIS, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concerned citizens will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action in Indianapolis and Gary Friday to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT that took the lives of 26 victims. Attendees will ask Representatives Brooks and Visclosky to co-sponsor bipartisan, life-saving background check legislation introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson and Pete King.

The event coincides with Mayors Against Illegal Guns' official launch of its "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" tour from Newtown. The tour will go to 25 states over a period of 100 days. At each stop on the tour, gun violence survivors, their families and concerned community members will rally in support of gun violence prevention efforts and to urge their representatives in Washington to support background checks that will reduce gun violence.

Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in the United States. This past April, a minority of U.S. senators voted to block bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have helped keep guns out of the hands of criminals by requiring background checks for commercial gun sales. Recent independent polls have found that 89 percent of Hoosiers support background checks for all gun sales.

Event details are below:


What: We Stand with Newtown Rally; Calling on Representative Susan Brooks to Support the King-Thompson Compromise Bill.

Who: Steve Dunlop, Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence
Nicki McNally, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Organizing for Action
Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Where: Monon Train, Corner of Westfield Blvd and Riviera, Indianapolis, 46220

When: Friday, June 14, 11:00AM


What: We Stand with Newtown Rally; Calling on Representative Pete Visclosky to Support the King-Thompson Compromise Bill.

Who: Wade Ingram, City of Gary Police Chief
Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Where: Gateway Park, 399 Broadway Gary, IN 46402

When: Friday, June 14, 11:00AM

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

Kate Downen: kdownen@maig.org or 406-224-5056
Jack Warner: jwarner@maig.org or 914-575-1090

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