Beginning on June 16 (six months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting), in Newtown, Conn. the tour embarked on a 25-state journey with destinations that included Congressional offices in membersâ€™ home states. Each stop highlighted speeches by local mayors, faith leaders and gun violence survivors whom all stepped up to the microphone with a common messageâ€”legislation for gun sale background checks.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched the No More Names tour to vocalize the 90 percent of the American public that support background check legislation.
Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) has co-authored a bill that includes such legislation and took to the stage this morning speaking as a gun owner himself, describing background check legislation as â€œthe first line of defense.â€
Continuing the call to action after Congressman Thompson descended the podium was Moms Demand Action: For Gun Sense in America founder Shannon Watts, who described Congressâ€™ lack of passing background check legislation in spite of the increasing public support for such laws by saying â€œlegislators listens less to moms than our kids do.â€
Watts extended praise to American corporations that have answered Moms Demand Actionâ€™s campaign for action in the gun law debate, such as Starbucks, which yesterday announced that guns would not be welcomed in the companyâ€™s stores, however, not outright banning them.
To culminate the final No More Names rally, supporters lined up before taking to the stage and took turns reading the names of the thousands of Americans whose lives have been lost due to gun violence since the Newtown shootingâ€”including the 12 names from Washington, D.C.â€™s Navy Yard shooting earlier this week.