Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
MORE THAN 30,000 AMERICANS DEMAND CANDIDATES ADDRESS NEED FOR EXPANDED BRADY BACKGROUND CHECKS IN DEBATES
Top polling questions online will be considered for 2nd presidential debate
Background checks outpace nearest question by more than 12,000 votes and should be asked at VP debate tonight
WASHINGTON - With less than a week until the second presidential debate, the number one question on Americans' minds is what each candidate will do to keep guns out of dangerous hands. For the upcoming debate on October 9, moderators have agreed to consider questions submitted online. The number one ranking question, by more than 12,000 votes, is 'Would you support requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales?' With such overwhelming support, it's a question that should also be asked of both vice-presidential candidates during tonight's debate.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said "This election, voters are focused on solutions to the issues that keep them up at night, even if not all the candidates share that focus. And by a 12,000 vote margin, what Americans want to know most is whether the candidates support expanding Brady background checks to keep guns out of the hands of felons, terrorists, and domestic abusers."
"The American public's outrage on this issue has swelled and is not going away. As the number one question on voters' minds, each candidate must be held to an answer on expanding Brady background checks. If Donald Trump and Mike Pence still disagree with 90 percent of Americans and still support arming domestic abusers, felons, and dangerously mentally ill people, they'll have to explain why in front of the entire country."
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Knowing that states with expanded Brady background checks have seen a 46 percent drop in women shot and killed by intimate partners, The Brady Campaign is calling on Tim Kaine and Mike Pence to say whether they support expanding background checks nationwide to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other dangerous people, during tonight's debate.
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.