Tuesday 1pm: Americans Affected By Gun Violence Send Message Ahead Of State Of The Union

Feb 11, 2013, 10:15 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Members of Congress and Advocates Give Survivors and Family Members a Voice at President's Speech

More than 120 Survivors and Family Members in Washington This Week as Part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Demand A Plan Campaign; www.DemandAPlan.org

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of Congress advocating for new gun law reforms, with support from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, are providing people affected by gun violence the opportunity to tell their stories and send a message about guns to Washington as guests at this week's State of the Union address.

Representatives Jim Langevin (RI-2), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and David Cicilline (RI-1) have spearheaded an effort in which they and more than a dozen additional colleagues have given their one ticket to the President's speech to someone affected by a gun tragedy. A group of the Members, including those listed above, and their guests will join Mark Glaze, Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns at a press conference where they will speak just hours before President Obama delivers the State of the Union. The event will take place in Capitol Visitors Center Room HVC-215 at 1pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. 

More than 120 other survivors and family members affected by gun violence will be in Washington this week as part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Demand A Plan campaign for common-sense gun law reforms that will help end the gun violence that kills 33 Americans every day. These proposals are backed by the Members of Congress who have led the State of the Union effort. Survivors and family members present at the press conference are coming from at least 21 states and Washington, DC.

WHO:  Members of Congress and their invited guests to the State of the Union: Americans affected by gun violence
Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns

*** Please contact Mayors Against Illegal Guns for pre-SOTU analysis or post-SOTU reaction from more than 120 survivors and family members in DC this week***

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 1PM

WHERE: U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
Room HVC-215, the Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room 

Partial List of Members of Congress Bringing Guests Affected by Gun Violence:


Survivor/Family Member

Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)

Cleora Francis O'Connor

Son killed by gun violence

Rep. Diane Degette

Theresa Hoover

Son killed in Aurora theatre shooting

Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5)

Sami Rahamim

Father killed in workplace shooting

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Joshua Stepakoff

Shot in 1999 North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting

Rep. Lujan Grisham

Mayor Gloria Chavez

Family members killed by gun violence

Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2)

Jim Tyrell

Sister killed by gun violence

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4)

Chief John Aresta

Uncle killed by gun violence

Rep. Eleanor Norton (DC)

Nardyne Jeffries

Daughter killed in drive-by shooting

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7)

David Hoover

Nephew killed by gun violence

Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3)

Lori Haas

Daughter shot in VA Tech shooting

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9)

Emily Nottingham

Son killed in Tucson shooting

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5)

Elvin Daniel

Sister killed with gun sold without a background check

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Kim Odom

Son killed by gun violence

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns