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NORTH CAROLINIANS TO DEMAND ANSWERS FROM SENATOR RICHARD BURR ON HIS ‘NO’ VOTE ON BACKGROUND CHECKS AND DECLINED MEETING REQUESTS
Burr Denied Meeting Requests from Gun Violence Survivors and Family Members
Burr voted against Commonsense, Life-Saving Solution Supported by 90 Percent of North Carolina Voters; http://www.DemandAction.org
North Carolina gun violence survivors and family members will gather on Friday in Durham to demand answers from Senator Richard Burr about why he voted against the 90 percent of North Carolina voters who support background checks for gun sales. Parents, families, friends and individuals who have been affected by gun violence have sent letters and emails asking for a face-to-face meeting and an explanation on Burr’s vote against commonsense background checks. All of their meeting requests have been denied.
The bipartisan legislation Burr voted against, sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, would have closed the loopholes that make it easy for dangerous people to get guns.
Details of the event are below:
What Gun violence survivors gather to demand answers from Senator Burr on his "no" vote on background checks and refusal to meet
Who: Fran Lynch of Durham, mother and longtime gun safety advocate,
Yolanda Bagley of Durham, who lost her son to gun violence in November 2012
Kim Yaman of Cary, witness to 1991 University of Iowa shootings
When: Friday May 3rd - 3:30PM - 4:15PM
Where: Residence of Fran Lynch, 108 Blackford Court - Durham, NC 27712
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 http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org.