by Steve Haruch
No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence makes a stop in Nashville today, at 10 a.m. at the Bicentennial Mall. The 100-day cross-country bus tour is backed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns — an organization co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
A press conference, featuring survivors of the Aurora, Colo., and Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church shootings and Tennessee state Rep. Mike Stewart, is being held "to voice support for common-sense background checks and urge Senators Corker and Alexander to back this life-saving measure."
Sens. Corker and Alexander, as you may recall, opposed background checks for gun buyers and regulations on assault weapons. What could change their minds at this point?
SURVIVORS OF GUN VIOLENCE, GUN OWNERS, AND FAITH LEADERS TO HOLD RALLY IN NASHVILLE TO BACK COMMON-SENSE GUN LAWS, URGE SENATORS CORKER AND ALEXANDER TO SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS
Corker and Alexander Voted Against Bipartisan Background Checks Legislation That Would Have Kept Guns Out of the Wrong Hands
June 26th Rally is Part of “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” Bus Tour;
On Wednesday, June 26th, survivors of gun violence, gun owners, elected officials, faith leaders, and advocates will hold a rally in Nashville, Tennessee as part of the “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” — a 25-state national bus tour over a period of 100 days aimed at urging America’s leaders to support common-sense gun policies. Participants will come together Wednesday to voice their continued support for comprehensive and enforceable background checks, and they will urge Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander to reconsider their position on this life-saving measure and take another look at bipartisan background checks legislation.
It remains far too easy for criminals, domestic abusers, the seriously mentally ill, and other dangerous individuals — people who know they can’t pass a background check — to skirt the law and obtain guns by purchasing them online or at gun shows, where background checks are not required under federal law. Bipartisan legislation sponsored by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey would have closed this dangerous loophole by extending background checks to commercial gun sales. But Senators Corker and Alexander voted to block this sensible legislation.
Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in this country. “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” is part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ ongoing, national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America — and most importantly, to urge elected officials to act on behalf of the people they represent.
What: Survivors of gun violence, elected officials, faith leaders, and advocates gather in Nashville to voice support for common-sense background checks and urge Senators Corker and Alexander to back this life-saving measure.
Who: - Stephen Barton, survivor of the July 2012 Aurora shooting
- Tammy Sommers, a survivor of the July 2008 shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
- Chris Polk, local gun owner
- Talia Simmons, whose son Antwand Covington Jr. was murdered with a gun
- Father Joseph Patrick Breen, Pastor of St. Edwards Catholic Church
- State Rep. Mike Stewart, District 52
Where: Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
When: Wednesday, June 26th
Press Conference Time: 10:00 a.m.
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