Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN AND NRA AGREE: CANDIDATES SHOULD DEBATE GUN SAFETY, GUN RIGHTS
Chris Wallace not expected to ask candidates about gun policy, although it's number one issue to voters
WASHINGTON – The Brady Campaign and the NRA's leadership don't agree on much, but tens of thousands of supporters of both organizations have demanded debate moderators ask about gun violence prevention and gun rights during the presidential debates. Despite that fact, Chris Wallace, the moderator for the final presidential debate, has indicated he will not ask about guns, but will instead focus on debt and entitlements, immigration, economy, Supreme Court, foreign hot spots, and fitness to be president, all of which were discussed in the first two debates.
Although more than 140,000 Americans – including both Brady supporters and NRA supporters – voted for moderators of the second debate to talk about guns, candidates have yet to be asked about their stances on their plans to prevent gun violence.
Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said, "Brady and the NRA's leadership don't always agree. But we both know the candidates need to debate gun violence and gun policy in America on the national stage. This is the top issue Americans want to talk about. And so far, Chris Wallace is squandering the last chance to do that. Next Wednesday's debate is the final opportunity for the country to hear solutions from both candidates to the epidemic of gun violence that kills 90 Americans each day.
"More than 140,000 Americans demanded a debate on guns. They represent the 300 people shot every day, the country's millions of gun owners, and every American who wants a better, safer nation. We want the NRA to join us in calling on Chris Wallace to do what Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz did not - ask the questions that Americans want the answers to."
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.