Arizonans To Call On Congress To End Gun Violence On National Day To Demand Action -- Thursday, March 28

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition Announces More than 100 Events Across the
Country as Part of Largest Field Campaign in U.S. History to Address Gun

NEW YORK,  March 25, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayors Against Illegal
Guns today announced that Americans will gather at more than 100 events across
the country on  Thursday, March 28  as part of the  National Day to Demand
Action  to end gun violence.  While members of Congress are home during the
Easter/Passover  recess, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in conjunction with
Organizing for Action, Americans for Responsible Solutions and other groups,
will organize events and petition drives and generate an unprecedented number of
calls into Senate district offices to call for their representatives to support
commonsense gun laws like comprehensive and enforceable background checks.  In
Arizona, events will take place in  Tempe  and Tucson.   

The National Day to Demand Action will feature hundreds of mayors, law
enforcement officials, faith leaders, gun violence survivors and family members,
and other Americans who want Congress to take immediate action to strengthen our
background check system and reduce gun violence.  The day is expected to be the
largest gun violence advocacy event in history and is part of the largest field
campaign in U.S. history to address gun violence.  The coalition recently
announced that it is hiring organizers and opening campaign offices in ten key
states including Arizona.   

In addition to the National Day to Demand Action, the bipartisan coalition will
also air ads in key states demanding that political leaders take action to pass
commonsense gun reforms during the upcoming Congressional recess, including in
Arizona.  Ads can be found here:

Major events in  Arizona  will take place in the following cities (list in
development, all times local):  

What:  Petition Drive/Rally
Who:    Daniel Hernandez, Jr.  and other gun violence survivors
When:   1:30 PM
Where: St. Augustine Episcopal Parish, 1735  South College  Avenue

What: Press Conference
Who:    South Tucson  Mayor  Jennifer Eckstrom  and  Daniel Hernandez, Jr.
When:  11:00 AM
Where:  South Tucson  City Hall

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its creation in  April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15
members to more than 900 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

Contact: Mayor Bloomberg's Press Office, (212) 788-2958
Mayor Menino's Press Office, (617) 635-4461

SOURCE  Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Erika Soto Lamb: or 646-580-5281, Alex Katz: or 617-721-3779

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