MARY LEIGH AND CHARLES BLEK RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCACY | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

MARY LEIGH AND CHARLES BLEK RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCACY

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Shannon Boffa, sboffa@bradymail.org
Phone: (760) 831-6873

MARY LEIGH AND CHARLES BLEK RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCACY

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. May 10, 2017 – Longtime Orange County residents and leaders of the O.C. Brady Campaign chapter, Mary Leigh & Charlie Blek, were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Gun Violence Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C. by president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dan Gross, last Thursday.

"It's an honor to award and recognize two American heroes. Because of Mary Leigh and Charlie's tireless advocacy, California is a safer state today than it was twenty-two years ago," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "They are heroes. After losing their son to gun violence more than two decades ago, the Bleks set out to make California safer for all and have not stopped since. Their resiliency has led to legislation that's helped decrease the state's gun mortality rate by 57 percent. I can say with the utmost confidence that all Californians are lucky to have Mary Leigh and Charlie fighting for them."

The Blek's most noted achievement is the passage of safety regulations that would rid California of "Saturday Night Specials," the handgun involved in the shooting of their son.

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