ADVISORY: Lance Orchid, Rep. Wendell Gilliard, Lori Haas to Discuss the Link Between Weak Gun Laws and Gun Violence in South Carolina

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, April 3, Lance Orchid, National Organizing Director on Gun Violence Prevention based in Washington, D.C.; Rep. Wendall Gilliard of South Carolina’s 111th District; and Lori Haas, whose daughter Emily was shot and injured in the Virginia Tech shooting, will participate in a round table to release a new Center for American Progress report detailing South Carolina’s performance on 10 measures of gun violence, the link between weak state gun laws and high levels of gun violence in South Carolina, and why background checks must be part of any solution to prevent gun violence. Marie Tate, whose husband was shot and killed in the line of duty, and Brandon Upson, an Army veteran, will also participate.

At the round table, Orchid will discuss findings in the report done by Center for American Progress, a research institute based in Washington, D.C. The report is a 50-state analysis that identifies the prevalence of gun-related violence in South Carolina and examines gun violence in the state according to 10 key measures of gun violence. The report also ranks each of the 50 states and explores the link between high levels of gun violence and weak state gun laws.


  • Lance Orchid, National Organizing Director on Gun-Violence Prevention
  • Rep. Wendell Gilliard, South Carolina State Representative for the 111th District
  • Lori Haas, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • Marie Tate, Widow of Beaufort County Sherriff’s Deputy LCpl. Dana L. Tate, Sr.
  • Brandon Upson, Army Veteran, Community Organizer, and Political Activist
  • Dudley Gregoire, Charleston City Councilman


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


Felix Pinckney Community Center
4764 Hassell Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405


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.