Ads Part of National Campaign Calling on Political Leaders to Support Commonsense Reforms; Polls Show Overwhelming National Support for Background Checks
Coalition Also Organizing National Day to Demand Action on Thursday, March 28 with More than 100 Events Across the Country; www.DemandAction.org
NEW YORK, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns today announced that ads will begin to air in Arizona today demanding that Senator Jeff Flake take action to pass commonsense gun reforms. Ads will air in key states during the upcoming Congressional recess and can be found here: www.demandaction.org/recessads
"These ads bring the voices of Americans – who overwhelmingly support comprehensive and enforceable background checks – into the discussion to move Senators to immediately take action to prevent gun violence," said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "We demanded a plan and we got one. We demanded a vote and we'll get one. Now we're doing what we can to pass a bill that will save lives.""While they are home for this recess, members of Congress will hear directly from their constituents who support sensible gun law reforms like expanded background checks," said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "The legislation is on the table – it's time for our leaders in Washington to act." "As many as 40 percent of all gun transfers take place without a background check because of gaps in our laws," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "It's no wonder that majorities of Democrats and Republicans support fixing that dangerous loophole. Failure to act in Washington despite such clear consensus will not go unnoticed." "At a time when so many Americans are affected by gun violence, we cannot simply throw up our hands and do nothing," said gun violence survivor and Arizonan Pam Simon. "I join almost 1.5 million Americans in demanding action from our elected leaders to prevent the senseless killings that have claimed so many innocent lives."