Press Release

April 18, 2000

Jubi Headley/Ed Somers
(202) 293-7330

Mayor Webb Unveils "Wall of Gun Deaths" on the Today Show

New York, NY -- This morning, on NBC's Today show, U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb unveiled The Wall of Victims of Gun Violence in Cities. The segment was hosted by Katie Couric, and dramatized The U.S. Conference of Mayors' effort to push for sorely needed legislation to stem gun violence in our cities.

The Wall memorializes the names of 4,001 victim's of gun violence since last year's Columbine High School shooting. The wall is a graphic depiction of results released in a 100-city survey today by the Conference. Among the findings, the survey shows that 1,471 of the victims were aged 21 to 30. According to the report, the youngest victim is two years old and the oldest ninety-seven.

In addition to the unveiling of the Wall, Mayor Webb announced the active involvement of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the Million Moms March scheduled for May 14, 2000 on Mother's Day.

To download the report or to view the video of Mayor Webb's appearance on the Today show, visit the USCM web site.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country Today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.