NRA Convention: Gun Violence Survivors And Moms From Across The Country Come Together In Indianapolis To Represent Overwhelming Majority Of Americans, Including Gun Owners, Who Support Gun Safety

INDIANAPOLIS, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This weekend in
Indianapolis – on the sidelines of the NRA’s annual convention – gun violence
survivors, moms and gun safety advocates from across the country will come
together to speak out for sensible reforms to end the gun violence that kills 86
Americans every day. At three separate events they will urge NRA leadership to
stand with the vast majority of its members who support common-sense gun laws
including the 82 percent of gun owners and 74 percent of NRA members who support
criminal background checks for all gun sales – a view that the NRA and Executive
Vice President Wayne LaPierre supported barely more than a decade ago. Details
of this weekend’s events are below:

Friday, April 25
Press conference to release new report on the NRA and reveal new television ad
featuring gun violence survivors that will air in Indianapolis and Washington,
D.C. throughout convention weekend.

Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Indiana State Representative Ed Delaney
Lucia McBath, son Jordan Davis killed in 2012
Tom Sullivan, son Alex killed in 2012 Aurora theater shooting
Jennifer Longdon, gun owner and gun violence survivor
Beth Meeks, Executive Director, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Matthew Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, Episcopal Health Ministries

11:00 AM EST

Regions Tower Hotel: Conference Rooms B & C
211 N Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Saturday, April 26
More than 100 moms from across the country and 20 gun violence survivors will
gather for a “stroller jam” rally to end gun violence.

Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Marie Delus, veteran whose nephew was shot and killed
Erica Lafferty, mother was principal of Sandy Hook elementary school
Mary Reed, gun owner and survivor of the 2011 Tucson shooting
Julia Chester, professor who was on lockdown during Purdue shooting, Regional
Manager for Moms Demand Action

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Indiana War Memorial, Veterans Memorial Plaza
50 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Sunday, April 27
Quilting bee for the “Mother’s Dream Quilt Project”, a collection of quilts
composed of meaningful fabric from victim or survivors of gun violence such as a
piece of clothing or a beloved blanket.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Spokespeople available for interview throughout the weekend include:

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, is a 43-year-old mother of five
children. Watts was not an activist or involved in gun issues prior to the
shootings at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012. The day after the tragedy, she started
a Facebook page called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Since then,
Moms Demand Action has become a nonprofit organization with a chapter in every
state of the country. Watts’ goal is for Moms Demand Action to become the
Mothers Against Drunk Driving of safe gun laws.

Cleopatra and Nathaniel Cowley-Pendleton – Cleopatra and Nathaniel’s 15 year old
daughter Hadiya Pendleton was murdered on January 29, 2013, when she was shot
and killed in Harsh Park on Chicago’s South Side. Hadiya had participated in
President Obama’s public inaugural celebration on January 21, 2013.

Marie Delus — Marie’s Nephew, Pierre-Paul Jean-Paul was shot in Queens, NY on
November 11, 2008. Two of her sons were also shot in separate incidents, and
both survived. Marie is a grandmother and a Marine Corp Veteran for Desert
Storm. She is a member of Moms Demand Action.

Carol Gaxiola – Carol’s 14-year old daughter Jasmin was murdered on October 14,
1999, in retaliation for having witnessed an earlier drive-by shooting. Luis
Rivera, one of the killers, had an extensive criminal history, but he and the
other killer, Genara Gonzales, were able to purchase the murder weapon from a
private seller at a gun show who did not conduct a background check.

Colin Goddard – Colin was shot four times and survived the April 16, 2007 mass
shooting at Virginia Tech that killed 32 of his classmates and professors. Colin
is a Senior Policy Advocate at Everytown for Gun Safety.

Paul Kemp – Paul is the brother-in-law of Steven Forsyth, 45, who was killed by
a masked gunman armed with a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle in a
mall in Clackamas, Oregon in December 2012. The shooter fired more than 60
rounds, killing Steven and another woman and critically wounding a third
individual, before taking his own life. Paul is a gun owner.

Neil Heslin – Neil’s six-year old son Jesse Lewis was a first grade student who
was murdered in the shooting at Sandy Hook School shooting.

Erica Lafferty – Erica’s mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal of Sandy
Hook Elementary School who was killed in the Newtown shooting. Dawn died while
trying to attack the shooter to protect the school’s students.

Jennifer Longdon – Jennifer and her then-fiancée survived a shooting November
15, 2004, which left her permanently paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair.
Longdon and her then-fiancé were heading to a drive-through restaurant after
work when someone in another vehicle sideswiped their truck and fired five
shots. The assailant was never found. The bullet severed her spinal cord and
paralyzed her. Her then-fiancée David Rueckert was left blinded by one of the
bullets. She is an avid shooter, gun owner and a member of the Phoenix Police
Department’s Citizen Police Academy.

Patricia Maisch – Patricia attended Rep. Gifford’s Congress on your Corner
event. Pat helped disarm the shooter by grabbing his second magazine clip after
he was tackled.

Lucia McBath – Lucia is the mother of Jordan Davis. Her son was shot and killed
at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, 2012. She is a
national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action.

Beth Meeks – Beth is the Executive Director Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic

Annette Nance-Holt – Annette’s son Blair was on a bus heading home from school
on May 5, 2007, when he was caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting. He died
protecting another student. The shooter, Michael Pace, acquired the gun from a
friend, Kevin Jones, moments before the shooting. Neither of them was old enough
to legally possess the weapon. Annette works as a Chicago Fire Captain.

Kate Ranta – On November 2, 2012, Kate Ranta and her father were shot twice each
by her estranged husband, Thomas Maffei – in front of their 4-year-old son.
Maffei stalked her to her new apartment and shot through the door she and her
father were pushing against so he couldn’t get in. Kate’s father was shot in
upper left arm and rib cage and Kate was shot through middle of right hand and
in the chest. Kate had sought a restraining order against Maffei on three
occasions but was denied by a judge. Maffei is now in jail awaiting trial. Kate
is a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action.

Mary Reed – Mary attended Rep. Gifford’s Congress on Your Corner event with her
teenage children. Mary was shot in the arm and back as she shielded her daughter
Emma from the shooter. Mary is a gun owner.

Gilles Rousseau – Gilles’s daughter, Lauren Rousseau, was a permanent substitute
teacher killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting. Lauren was a posthumous
recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal.

Kim Russell – Originally from Atlanta, GA, Kim Russell now lives in Brooklyn, NY
with her husband and two children. She is a survivor of gun violence and the
National Director of Outreach for Moms Demand Action.

Cheryl Stumbo – Cheryl is a survivor of Seattle’s Jewish Federation shooting in
2006, where one person was killed and five were injured.

Tom Sullivan – Tom’s son Alex Sullivan was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie
theater shooting on his 27th birthday.

Karina Vargas – Karina is a gun violence survivor who was shot by a stray bullet
in 2010 outside Central High School in Aurora. She is now paralyzed from the
waist down.

Antonius Wiriadjaja – Antonius was shot in the abdomen by a stray bullet in Bed
Stuy, Brooklyn. The shooter was never caught.

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

Stacey Radnor: or 202-870-6668
Jack Warner: or 914-575-1090

SOURCE Everytown for Gun Safety

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