Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group founded and funded in good measure by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is holding a protest press conference today in Doral to draw attention to Sen. Marco Rubio's no vote yesterday on expanded background checks for gun buyers.
Before the vote, the group already announced a small ad buy in the Tampa and Orlando that accuses Rubio of making Florida "less safe" because his opposition to more background checks would allow "criminals and the mentally ill" to more easily get guns.
The press release for today's press conference is below the ad:
The press release:
Yesterday Senator Marco Rubio voted against bipartisan legislation proposed by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have closed the loopholes that make it easy for criminals and dangerous people to get guns. Looking past Florida and toward a likely run for the presidency, Rubio chose to vote with the Washington gun lobby and defied the 94 percent of Floridians who support background checks for all gun sales. Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and community leaders will hold a press conference today to criticize Senator Rubio for siding with the NRA and turning his back on the overwhelming majority of Florida voters who support background checks.
What: Press conference to oppose Senator Rubio’s vote on background checks
Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner
League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County Director Maggie Fernandez
God’s Tabernacle of Deliverance Ministry Pastor Vernon Gillum, son murdered by gun violence
RJT Foundation President Denise Baker-Brown, son murdered by gun violence
When: Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:00 PM
Where: NW 87th Avenue and NW 36th Street Doral, FL 33166
About Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 900 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 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 communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns. Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org