Media Advisory: As Children Return To School, Florida Mayors Will Deliver Petition-Filled Backpacks Calling On Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen To Support Background Checks

Sep 06, 2013, 11:16 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Nine Months After Sandy Hook School Shooting, Congress Has Yet to Take Action to Prevent Future Tragedies

Backpack Petition Delivery will Urge Rep. Ross to Pass Legislation Requiring Background Checks Supported by 94 Percent in Florida's 27th District; Visit Online Petition Signed by Over 41,000 Nationwide at

MIAMI, Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As children across the country return to school this week, Florida Mayors Mayor Carlos Gimenez of Miami-Dade County, Cindy Lerner of Pinecrest, Shelley Stanczyk of Palmetto Bay and Philip Stoddard of South Miami will deliver backpacks filled with petitions to the office of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, calling on her to support comprehensive, life-saving background checks on all commercial gun sales this Wednesday.  At the delivery, seven backpacks will be filled with signed petitions to represent the seven children and young people who are murdered with guns every day in America. Over 41,000 Americans have signed the Back-to-School Background Checks Petition. To sign, visit

In the nine months since the Sandy Hook massacre that took the lives of 26 first graders and their teachers, Congress has yet to take action to pass legislation that will prevent future tragedies. This past April, the Senate voted on bipartisan background check legislation supported by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have helped keep guns out the wrong hands by extending background checks for all gun sales at gun shows and online. This common-sense measure failed, however, after it was blocked by a minority of senators. Corresponding bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House, sponsored by Congressmen Peter King and Mike Thompson, currently has more than 180 co-sponsors but has failed to receive support from a number of representatives nationwide.

Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in America— and seven of those are children. The backpack petitions are part of a national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America—and most importantly, to urge Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and other elected officials to prioritize the safety of the people they represent.

Details of the event are below:


Backpack delivery of petitions and press conference urging Congressman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to support comprehensive, life-saving background checks on all gun sales.

Mayor Philip Stoddard of South Miami 
Mayor Shelley Stanczyk of Palmetto Bay 
Mayor Carlos Gimenez of Miami-Dade County
Mayor Cindy Lerner of Pinecrest

Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 Northwest 1st Street, #2510 
Miami, FL 333128

Friday, September 6th 11:00am

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