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by Free Speech on April 17, 2009

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Lodi, WI-4/17/09

The Anniversaries of the Horrific Shootings at Virginia Tech and Columbine Provide a Grim Reminder of the Need for Gun Violence Prevention Efforts

Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Announces a 3-Day, Statewide Tour, Calling for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Policies: A Traveling Exhibit Featuring 450 Shirts, Representing Wisconsin’s Gun Violence Victims Will Stop in Five Cities

(Milwaukee, WI) – On Monday, April 20, 2009 – the 10th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School – Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) will set off on a journey, covering 450 miles in three days, to raise awareness about gun violence and to call for commonsense solutions. The tour, A Journey for Justice: Preventing Gun Violence Across Wisconsin, features a display of 450 shirts, representing the victims of gun violence in Wisconsin each year. Nationwide, nearly 30,000 Americans die from gun violence annually.

“Lives lost to gun violence are the ultimate injustice because we know that gun violence is preventable, especially when policy makers and the public make the right choices,” said Jeri Bonavia, WAVE’s Executive Director. “To see all of these empty shirts in one place, and to know what that emptiness means for the families who have lost loved ones, is a somber reminder that this is a crisis we simply must solve.”

WAVE is embarking on this statewide tour, determined to build bi-partisan support for legislation to require background checks on all gun sales. Nearly 85% of Wisconsin’s likely voters, including 70% of NRA members and supporters, are in favor of background checks on all gun sales – a commonsense and effective method for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and, ultimately, for preventing gun violence.

Schedule of Press Events:

Monday, April 20, 2009 – 10:30am
Appleton City Center Plaza
10 E. College Ave, Appleton

Monday, April 20, 2009 – 3:00pm
UW Stevens Point
Dreyfus University Center – Laird Room
1015 Reserve Street, Stevens Point

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – 10:00am
UW LaCrosse
Cartwright Center
1725 State St., LaCrosse

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – 5:00pm
State Capitol Rotunda, Madison

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 – 12:30pm
Milwaukee City Hall
200 E Wells St., Milwaukee

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