Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
MODERATORS IGNORE TOP QUESTION ASKED ONLINE BY 300,000 AMERICANS
WASHINGTON - 300,000 Americans wanted to talk about gun violence, but Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz didn't. Despite promises from both moderators to consider questions submitted by the American public online, the top two questions, both about gun violence, went unasked.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement:
"This debate was an opportunity for the anchors to step aside and for the American people to ask the questions that mattered most to them. And what mattered most to the American people, by a margin of a quarter million votes, was gun violence and what each candidate would do about it. By ignoring that question, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz robbed Americans of their voice. They turned a blind eye to the issue foremost on voters' minds.
"What's clear though is that the American people won't let this slide. Time and again, we've seen how everyday Americans rise to the occasion, make their voices heard, and make sure politicians embrace this issue for the priority that it is. And since voters voices weren't heard tonight, you can bet they'll make themselves crystal clear on election day."
Despite the silence from both moderators, Hillary Clinton did use her final minutes of speaking time to commit to both protecting second amendment rights and expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales. She said, "I respect the 2nd amendment but i believe there should be comprehensive background checks and we should close the gun show loophole and close the online loophole and we should try to save as many lives as we possibly can."
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.