Atlanta moms will join Lucy McBath, a mother who lost her son, Jordan Davis, to gun violence, for a back-to-school phone bank Wednesday aimed at urging Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson to “take another look” at their votes against background checks on gun purchases.
In Nov. 2012 Davis, 17, was shot and killed by Michael Dunn, 46, outside of a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station reportedly after an argument about loud music escalated.
At the phone bank, mothers will call other moms to discuss how background checks proposed in the Manchin-Toomey bill can keep kids safe and ask them to contact the offices of both senators and urge them to change their votes.
In April, Senators Chambliss and Isakson were among those who voted against bipartisan legislation proposed by Republican Senator Pat Toomey and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin that would have imposed stricter background checks and made it more difficult to get weapons around the nation. Recent independent polls have found that 91 percent of Georgians support background checks for all gun buyers.
The event is sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition of mayors and gun control advocates with the stated goal of “protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable, demanding access to crime gun trace data that law enforcement uses to combat gun trafficking, and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in gun laws.”
The event will be held tonight in Atlanta.