Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
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CORPORATE GUN LOBBY HAS PAID CONGRESS MORE THAN $30 MILLION TO KEEP DANGEROUS PEOPLE ARMED
Brady Campaign releases new 2016 scorecard detailing gun lobby donations to Congress and voting record ratings
Brady President Dan Gross to host call for press today @10:30am ET - rsvp bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
WASHINGTON - The Brady Campaign released today its 2016 Lapdog Scorecard, rating members of Congress based on how much money they've accepted from the corporate gun lobby and how they've voted on common-sense gun legislation.
The scorecard gives a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" rating to politicians based on their support for legislation to expand Brady background checks including gun sales at gun shows and over the internet. The scorecard also rates members of Congress on how much money they've received from the corporate gun lobby throughout their career on Capitol Hill. The most obedient politicians, those who accept large sums of money and consistently vote the gun lobby's way, earn the "lap dog" label.
Over the years, the corporate gun lobby has spent more than $30 million on the 114th Congress to keep domestic abusers, felons, and terrorists armed. So far, that investment is paying off for the lobby as Congress has failed to expand Brady background checks and bar gun sales to terrorists in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said "There's an old saying - if you're good at something, never do it for free. Well for more than $30 million craven politicians, the gun lobby's lap dogs, continue to do what they do best - blocking the lifesaving gun reform supported by more than 90 percent of the American people. This money fuels a disgraceful disconnect between the public and the gun lobby's most obedient lapdogs in Congress. But that obedience comes at a far greater price than just $30 million. Because for that money, these politicians are content to look the other way as 33,000 Americans die from gunfire every year.
"But the tide is turning, and the corporate gun lobby's dollar isn't stretching as far as it used to. As public outrage over gun violence intensifies, some politicians are scrambling to keep their jobs. Incumbents like Kelly Ayotte are being pushed to defend their bad votes. Even last week, NRA-endorsed incumbent Rep. David Jolly became the latest to co-sponsor a house bill to expand Brady background checks.
"$30 million is a lot of money. And while it can buy politicians' votes for now, it can't buy the American people. As a nation we've had #ENOUGH of the daily terror of gun violence and #ENOUGH of the politicians who put the interests of the corporate gun lobby ahead of the safety of the American people."
Topping the list of gun lobby "lap dogs" are Senators Tom Cotton (Ark.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Rob Portman (Ohio), and Roy Blunt (Mo.).
Dan Gross will discuss the scorecard with reporters on a media call today at 10:30am ET.
Press rsvp to bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org for dial-in number.
WHO: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence WHAT: 2016 Congressional scorecard
WHEN: Wednesday, 9/21, 10:30am ET
RSVP: bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
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 more than 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