Billboard Will Count the Number of Americans killed by Guns Since the Massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Call For Banning Assault Weapons to Prevent Similar Tragedies
BOSTON, MA – On Dec. 14, 2012, twenty elementary school children and six of their caregivers were gunned down with a Bushmaster AR 15 assault weapon. This tragic event was met with sympathetic words from Congress, but no action whatsoever. Our nation’s gun laws are as loose today as they were the day those innocent children and heroic adults were senselessly murdered.
Stop Handgun Violence, a non-profit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement and common sense gun laws, is changing its billboard along the Mass Pike near Fenway Park to mark the Sandy Hook anniversary, and jump-start a grassroots movement to advocate for Congressional action on common sense gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks.
Since 1995, Stop Handgun Violence has sponsored the Mass Pike billboard to remind people of the senseless loss of life as a result of the nation’s lax gun laws. The most recent billboard highlights the need for a renewal of the assault weapon ban and the number of children killed by guns since the 2010 elections.
WHO: John Rosenthal, founder, Stop Handgun Violence
WHAT: Unveiling of new billboard to commemorate the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and call for Congressional action on sensible gun laws
WHEN: Friday, December 13 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Corner of Brookline Ave. and Newbury Street Extension (along Mass Pike behind Kenmore Square)
Stop Handgun Violence is a non-profit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement and common sense gun laws. The organization does not seek to restrict Constitutional Rights, but advocates only for common sense legislation that will help save lives. For more information, go to www.stophandgunviolence.org.