Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence For Immediate Release Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org Phone: 724-612-3453
BRADY CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR SEN. BURR RESIGNATION AFTER 'BULLSEYE' THREAT
Earlier today, the Brady Campaign called on Donald Trump and the RNC to renounce similar threats of violence and disavow those who spew hateful rhetoric.
WASHINGTON - Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued a statement after Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) expressed disappointment that a magazine about rifles, with Hillary Clinton on the cover, didn't mark her with a bullseye.
CNN reports that Burr walked into a gun shop saying, "nothing made me feel better" than seeing a magazine about rifles "with a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it."
Burr continued, "I was a little bit shocked at that -- it didn't have a bullseye on it...it had everybody for federal office in this particular state that they should vote for. So let me assure you, there's an army of support out there right now for our candidates."
Brady president Dan Gross said, "That a sitting U.S. Senator, much less the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, would effectively endorse the assassination of a presidential candidate should make every American sick to their stomach. Every U.S. citizen and proponent of democracy should be concerned so long as Richard Burr remains in office. He has spent his entire career climbing the political ladder and fighting to make sure terrorists, domestic abusers, and felons can buy guns. Now, he's effectively encouraging people to use those guns to commit murder.
"An apology from Senator Burr is not enough. He should immediately resign from office, because what he said was beyond irresponsible. It was reprehensible for anybody, no less a sitting U.S. Senator.
"Donald Trump too has an obligation to immediately renounce Senator Burr's threats and disavow his support. So does the RNC that continues to stand by him. Every day they do not renounce this hateful violent rhetoric, the Republican Party is complicit in it and in any violence that results."
Earlier today, the Brady Campaign called on Donald Trump and the RNC to renounce similar threats of violence and disavow those who spew such hateful rhetoric.
Threats of violence have already had a profound impact on voters. Schools are cancelling class on Election Day over safety concerns, and more than half of likely voters are now concerned about election related violence.
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.