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ADVISORY: Daniel Hernandez, Jr. and Arkadi Gerney to Discuss the Link Between Weak Gun Laws and Gun Violence in Arizona

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, April 3, Arkadi Gerney, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a national research institute based in Washington, D.C.; and Daniel Hernandez, Jr., a former intern to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), will participate in a press conference at the site of the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, to release a new Center for American Progress report detailing Arizona’s performance on 10 measures of gun violence, the link between weak state gun laws and high levels of gun violence in Arizona, and why background checks must be part of any solution to prevent gun violence. Pat Maisch, Nancy Bowman, Pam Simon — survivors and witnesses to the shooting – and State Senator Olivia Cajero-Bedford will also speak.

At the press conference, Gerney will discuss findings from the report, a 50-state analysis that identifies the prevalence of gun-related violence in Arizona communities and examines gun violence in the state according to 10 key measures. The report also ranks each of the 50 states and explores the link between high levels of gun violence and weak state gun laws.


  • Arkadi Gerney, Senior Fellow and Gun-Violence Prevention Expert, Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Daniel Hernandez, Jr., Former Intern, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ); Author, They Call Me a Hero
  • Pat Maisch, witness to Tucson shooting who physically restrained the shooter as law enforcement arrived
  • Nancy Bowman, witness to Tucson shooting who administered triage to victims as paramedics arrived
  • Pam Simon, former Community Outreach Coordinator for Rep Giffords, survivor of Tucson shooting and gun violence prevention advocate
  • State Senator Olivia Cajero-Bedford


Wednesday, April 3, 2013
11:00 a.m.


Safeway Parking Lot
7110 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85704


Please confirm your attendance by contacting Madeline Meth at 202.741.6277 or

On April 3 principals from the Center for American Progress Action Fund will be participating in events in Tucson, South Bend, Baton Rouge, Reno, and Philadelphia to discuss the report’s findings while standing alongside local leaders, victims of gun violence, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, and students who will talk about why preventing future gun violence is important to their communities.



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