ADVISORY: Tara McGuinness, Rev. Dr. Joe Connelly, Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr., Dr. Holley Haymaker, and Dr. Pritesh Gandhi to Discuss the Link Between Weak Gun Laws and Gun Violence in Louisiana

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, April 3, Tara McGuinness, Executive Director for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a national research institute based in Washington, D.C.; Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr., Chancellor of Southern University Law Center; Dr. Holley Haymaker, of Stop Gun Violence Baton Rouge; and Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, Founder of Doctors Against Gun violence, will participate in a round table to release a new Center for American Progress report detailing Louisiana’s performance on 10 measures of gun violence, the link between weak state gun laws and high levels of gun violence in Louisiana, and why background checks must be part of any solution to prevent gun violence. The event will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Joe Connelly of Wesley United Methodist Church.

At the round table, McGuinness will discuss findings from the report, a 50-state analysis that identifies the prevalence of gun-related violence in Louisiana 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.


  • Tara McGuinness, Executive Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • The Rev. Dr. Joe Connelly, Pastor, Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr., Chancellor, Southern University Law Center
  • Dr. Holley Haymaker, Stop Gun Violence Baton Rouge
  • Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, Founder, Doctors Against Gun Violence


Wednesday, April 3, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Wesley United Methodist Church
544 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


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.