May 21, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday in
, ProgressOhio, with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will bring together gun violence survivors, faith leaders, community leaders to ask Senator
to take a second look and rethink his vote against life-saving background checks.
Last month, Senator Portman voted against the bipartisan background check legislation sponsored by NRA A-rated Senators
– the only bill that would have required background checks for commercial gun sales and improved the background check system. Senator Portman has cited his support for background checks but actually voted for a bill created by the gun lobby and sponsored by Senators
that would have made it easier for the dangerously mentally ill to get guns. More information on Senator Portman's votes, with background on both bills, is
ProgressOhio, with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, brings together
gun violence survivors,
law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders to ask Senator Portman to rethink his vote against life-saving background checks
, survivor of
Senior Pastor Rev.
Sherry L. Gale
, Ph.D of Grace United Methodist Church Reverend Doctor
William Harris, Jr.
of Believers Christian Fellowship Church
, daughter killed in the
shootingMembers of Sisters of the Precious Blood
, sister killed in the
Dayton Cultural and RTA Center40 S. Edwin C. Moses Boulevard
Wednesday, May 22
is statewide multi-issue advocacy organization.
About Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Since its creation in
, 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
, 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
SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns