NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Events took place around the nation Thursday as participants demand federal gun safety measures be enacted.
The effort led to more than 120 events across the country and at the White House.
The group’s website directs participants to call their senator to urge them to pass gun control reforms. Bloomberg has noted recent statistics showing 90 percent of Americans support background checks for all gun purchases. It is one of the proposals under consideration on the federal level.
“From President Obama to Newtown families to the many Americans and mayors in both political parties coming together at events across the country today, the call for Congress to take action to prevent gun violence is loud and clear,” said Bloomberg. “We cannot afford to wait for another tragedy — it’s long past time for elected officials to listen to their constituents and pass reforms like comprehensive background checks that we know will save lives.”
The events featured law enforcement officials, mayors, religious leaders and other members of the community joining the call for federal gun safety measures.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched a new ad featuring family members of some Newtown shooting rampage victims.
The family members describe the last time they saw their loved one before the Dec. 14 massacre that left 20 first graders and six educators dead.
The ad features Neil Heslin, father of Jesse Lewis; Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell; Jillian Soto, sister of Vicki Soto; and Terri and Gilles Rousseau, parents of Lauren Rousseau.
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The coalition recently announced plans to hire organizers and open campaign offices in 10 states, where gun safety is a major voting issue. The group had been using the tag line “Demand A Plan” but that has since changed to “We Have A Plan. Now It’s Time For Congress To Act.”
Also Thursday, authorities released documents relating to the Newtown shooting. The warrants describe what was found in shooter Adam Lanza‘s home and car and detail the rampage.
Showdown In Newtown
On Thursday afternoon, gun control supporters and opponents are faced off at a rally in Newtown, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.
The mother of murdered Sandy Hook student Dylan Hockley didn’t attend the gun-control rally. The demonstration at the National Shooting Sports Foundation is part of the political polarization she said she wants to avoid — a debate that distills too easily to “pro” and “anti” gun labels.