Demand for Common Sense Gun Law Reforms to be Featured at This Weekend's Daytona 500
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, February 24, 2013, 06:05 AM EST
Public Service Announcement featuring NFL Legends to Air on Raceway Jumbotron Throughout the Weekend
The call for common-sense gun reforms will be seen and heard by racing fans at the Daytona 500 this weekend. Mayors Against Illegal Guns announced today that a public service announcement featuring NFL legends will air on the raceway jumbotron throughout the weekend. The ad is part of a series of PSAs featuring diverse groups of Americans — mothers, teenagers, actors and artists — coming together to call on political leaders to take action to end the epidemic of gun violence that kills 33 Americans every day. Featured in the ad are Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson. It can be viewed here: www.DemandAPlan.org/ProFootball
Media reports have also noted that NASCAR champion Michael Waltrip will be driving his #26 car this Sunday in honor of the 26 victims of the Newtown massacre.
"We’re glad NASCAR is bringing attention to the gun violence that plagues our country and our demand that Washington take swift action to pass common-sense legislation to end the bloodshed," said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. "Our bipartisan coalition of more than 900 mayors and 1.2 million Americans supports a background check for every gun sale. This sensible reform is also supported by a significant majority of gun owners, including NRA members."
Polling by Republican Frank Luntz for Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that 82 percent of gun owners – including 74 percent of National Rifle Association members – support requiring criminal background checks for anyone purchasing a gun.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Demand A Plan campaign is calling for gun reform legislation that will:
• Require that every gun buyer pass a criminal background check
• Get military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets
• Make gun trafficking a federal crime
About Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Since its inception in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 mayors to more than 900 mayors from across the country. We have more than one 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 their communities by holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable; demanding access to trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat illegal gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix gaps, weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns. Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org