Ohio Moms, Children To Hold Mother's Day Walks and Rallies In Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus On Friday and Saturday To Raise Gun Violence Awareness

Senator Rob Portman Voted Against Life-Saving Background Checks Supported by 83 Percent of Ohioans

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May 09, 2013, 19:05 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

CINCINNATI, CLEVELAND, and COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release is being issued by Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

Mothers, children and others who have been affected by gun violence will gather Friday in Cleveland and Columbus for a walk and rally and Saturday in Cincinnati for a press conference to raise awareness about the effects of gun violence on mothers and children. Recent independent polls that have found that 83 percent of Ohioans support background checks for all gun buyers.

Last month Senator Rob Portman was among those who voted against bipartisan legislation proposed by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have closed the loopholes that make it easy for criminals and dangerous people to get guns.

Ohioans can sign a Mother's Day card urging Senator Portman to take action on gun violence here.

In addition, to mark Mother's Day, Roxanna Green, whose nine year-old daughter Christina-Taylor Green was killed in the 2011 Tucson mass shooting, released a video message. Link to the video here.

Event details are below.


What:  Mother's Day Press Conference 

Who: Regina Morris, family member of gun violence victim, Sr. Pastor Lesley E  Jones, Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries United Church of Christ, Mayors Against Illegal guns, Organizing for Action

When: Saturday, May 1112:00 p.m.

Where:  University of Cincinnati, outside the Tangeman University Center, 2600 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, 45221


What: Moms Demand Action Mother's Day Walk and Rally Against Gun Violence

Who: Cleveland lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Jane Burgett; Pastor Kristine Eggert, Disciples Christian Church; Christina Antenucci, MD, Doctors for Healthcare Solutions; Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned citizens

When: Friday, May 10 - 11:00 a.m.

Where: Public Square, Corner of Ontario St. and West Superior Ave, Cleveland


What:  Mother's Day Rally Against Gun Violence

Who:  Mother of gun violence victim Felicia Saunders, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned citizens

When: Friday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Worthington Village Green: corners of SR 161 and High St, Columbus

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

Erika Soto Lamb: erika@maig.org or 646-580-5281
Kate Downen: kdownen@maig.org or 406-224-5056

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