Mayor Michael J. McGlynn today announced plans for the largest grassroots mobilization in the history of gun violence prevention. On Thursday, March 28th, mayors and community leaders from across the country will be joined by law enforcement, faith leaders, gun violence survivors and family members of victims with the goal of generating calls to the Senate in Washington to urge them to support common sense gun laws like expanded background checks.
“I am urging our citizens to call our Senators, write letters and take an active role in addressing gun violence in our country. It has been noted that the American people overwhelming support common sense gun laws that respect the Second Amendment while keeping deadly weapons out of the wrong hands. Evidence has shown that background checks save lives,” said Mayor McGlynn.
In addition to the National Day to Demand Action, the bipartisan coalition will also air ads demanding that political leaders take action to pass common sense gun reforms in key states during the upcoming Congressional recess.
Since its inception in 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from fifteen mayors to more than 900 mayors from across the country, with more than 1.4 million grassroots supporters, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The nation’s mayors are united around these common goals: protecting their communities by holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable; demanding access to trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat illegal gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix gaps, weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns.