From coast to coast, community leaders joined OFA supporters Wednesday to stand up and ask Congress to pass measures to prevent gun violence, including a measure requiring background checks on all commercial gun sales. Here's a look at how OFA made headlines nationwide:
* Pennsylvanians gathered outside Representative Jim Gerlach's office to ask him to support legislation that would expand background checks and close the gun-show loophole. “It’s important to let Congress see that these kinds of issues matter to grass-roots organizations,” said MaryAnn Piccioni of the Chester County East Chapter of Organizing for Action. [Daily Local News]
* Mary Kay Mace's daughter Ryanne was killed when a gunman opened fire in a campus lecture hall on the DeKalb campus of Northern Illinois University in February 2008. “In the case of the NIU tragedy, I believe that had a gunman been unable to purchase his firearms through legal means, he may not have had the wherewithal to buy them illegally,” she said at the old state capitol in Springfield, Illinois. [Associated Press]
* "The message is not getting across that we care about these young people,” said Rick Staples, who oversees rehabilitation programs for inmates at the Knox County Detention Facility in Tennessee. “Right now, our future is under attack.” [Knoxville News Sentinel]
* Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman joined a local rally against gun violence to voice his support for common-sense gun laws, saying preventing gun violence is his number one priority. [Cedar Rapids Gazette]
* New Yorkers rallied on the steps of Staten Island Borough Hall to call on Congressman Michael Grimm to join other NYC representatives in supporting the Toomey-Manchin measure requiring federal background checks on commercial gun sales. [Staten Island Advance]
* County Attorney Patricia LaFrance joined Organizing for Action New Hampshire at Nashua City Hall to call on Congress to close loopholes in firearm background checks. "I cannot understand how anyone can justify allowing violent criminals such easy access to guns,” LaFrance said. “It’s common sense. To me, this isn’t about politics. It’s about common sense.” [Nashua Telegraph]
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