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'Everytown for Gun Safety' To Launch Today In Chapel Hill, Uniting Mayors, Moms, Gun Violence Survivors, Lawmakers, Law Enforcement Officials, Faith Leaders, And Other North Carolinians To End Gun Violence

Chapel Hill Event is One of Ten Across the Country to Kick Off 'Everytown'; Group will Rally Americans to Join Fight to End Gun Violence that Kills 86 Americans Every Day

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One year after Congress failed to pass legislation to require comprehensive gun background checks despite near-unanimous public support, mayors, moms, gun violence survivors, faith leaders, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and other North Carolinians will gather today to launch 'Everytown for Gun Safety,' a new gun violence prevention group.  Everytown will ask Americans to join the fight to reduce the gun violence that kills 86 Americans every day and affects every town – big cities and small towns alike. 

The event in Chapel Hill is just one of a number of events happening around the country today that will bring together local community leaders to speak out for common-sense gun laws that will reduce gun violence. 


Mayors, moms, gun violence survivors, faith leaders, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and other North Carolinians will gather today to launch 'Everytown for Gun Safety' a new gun violence prevention group



  • Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill, NC
  • Mayor Darryl Moss of Creedmoor, NC
  • Mayor Lydia Lavelle of Carrboro, NC
  • Kaaren Haldman, Chapter Leader Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
  • Marcia Owen, director, Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham
  • Joslin Simms - Joslin's son Rayburn "Black" Simms was 30 years old when he was murdered in Durham in 2005. Ray was stopped at the intersection when a car rear-ended him. He was shot once as he talked to the occupants of the other vehicle, and they continued to shoot at him as he tried to get into his car and drive away. Ray left behind four children.
  • Gilles Rousseau – Gilles' daughter Lauren was a permanent substitute teacher killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting in 2012 at the age of 30.
  • Eddie Davis, Durham city councilman


Today, April 16 at 11:00 AM


Chapel Hill Downtown Post Office

179 E Franklin St

About Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense policies that will reduce gun violence and save lives.  Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 1.5 million supporters including moms, mayors, survivors, and everyday Americans who are fighting for reforms that respect the Second Amendment and protect people.  At the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded in 2006 by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of American mothers founded on the day after Newtown.  Learn more at and follow us @Everytown


Lizzie Ulmer: [email protected]

SOURCE Everytown for Gun Safety

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