CONTACT: Jordan Brueckner
For Tuesday, August 27, 11:30am
NC Advocates To Hold Protest and Rally Demanding Common Sense Firearm Safety Measures
On Tuesday, August 27th, advocates from Tuesdays with Tillis, MomsRising, Moms Demand Action, Raleigh-Apex NAACP, NC Council of Churches, and others will hold a protest and rally outside of Senator Thom Tillis’s Raleigh office to demand common sense firearm safety measures and urge the Senator to act to address gun violence. This includes strengthening background checks and protections from domestic terrorism, as well as improving public health and incident response.
The protest and rally comes as an immediate response to the tragic fatal shooting of 9-year old Z’yon Person last week and the continued epidemic of mass shootings in our nation, as well an overall response to the state’s troubling statistics on firearm fatalities:
- On average, 1,113 North Carolinians per year are killed by firearms, and a person is killed by a gun every seven hours in the state.
- Firearms are the third-leading cause of death for North Carolina children, and in just two years, at least 672 children and teenagers in North Carolina visited a hospital for a firearm-related injury.
- The annual cost of gun violence in North Carolina is $7.4 billion and $754 per resident.
Additional details for the event are below:
WHAT: Protest and rally for common sense firearm safety measures in North Carolina
WHEN: Saturday, August 27th, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Senator Thom Tillis’s Office
Federal Building: 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601
WHO: Speakers include:
Karen Ziegler, Tuesdays with Tillis
Gerald D. Givens Jr., President, Raleigh-Apex NAACP
Susan Browder, Parent with Moms Demand Action and the Everytown Survivors Network
Sean Allen, NC Council of Churches
Jessica Burroughs, NC Campaign Director, MomsRising
Beth Messersmith, NC Senior Campaign Director, MomsRising
Please let me know if you would be interested in attending or connecting with one of the speakers to discuss the need for common sense firearm safety measures in North Carolina and nationwide.