Several families of victims of a mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. will launch a bus tour across the United States to urge lawmakers to try to reduce gun violence.
The “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” bus tour will travel to 25 states in 100 days.
At each stop, participants will hold rallies with police, victims and elected officials -- both to applaud senators who voted to support expanded background checks and ask those who opposed the proposal to take a second look.
States on the tour include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
“Today, six months after the massacre in Newtown, Americans across our nation remember the 26 innocent schoolchildren and educators who were taken from us in a scenario that is every parent's nightmare,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “To honor their memory – and help prevent future tragedies – it’s imperative that we keep the pressure on Washington to take action against gun violence. Our nationwide bus tour that launches today will help do that by raising public awareness and urging lawmakers to support common-sense gun legislation that will help save lives.”
Following the mass shooting in December at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children dead, Obama pressed Congress to pass the nation’s most aggressive gun control plan in generations. But the Democratic-controlled Senate fell short of having the votes needed to approve the proposals – expanding background checks, renewing an assault weapons ban and limiting the size of ammunition clips – aftern most Republicans and a handful of Democrats rejected them.
“My mother was devoted to her students – so much so that she ultimately gave her life for them,” said Erica Lafferty. “I’ll have to live with the pain of her absence for as long as I live. But I know she’d be proud of the millions of Americans across the country who have stood up to demand action to reduce gun violence in the wake of Newtown. We can only hope our elected officials in Congress listen to the people they represent, pass common-sense gun reform, and demonstrate the same bravery my mom did that day at Sandy Hook.”