Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
NEW CAMPAIGN AD FEATURES CLASSIC NRA FEARMONGERING, MYTH THAT A GUN IN THE HOME MAKES YOU SAFER
WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association released a campaign ad designed to scare the American public, claiming a Hillary Clinton presidency would make Americans less safe and promoting the myth that having a gun in the home makes Americans safer. Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, released the following statement about the ad:
"This is more of the same disgusting fear mongering the gun lobby has been using to sell guns, only now they are using it to elect a man who jokes about gun violence and whose campaign encourages people to use it against his opponent. Meanwhile, the NRA continues to promote the myth that a gun in the home makes you safer. The fact is, a gun in the home is far more likely to cause the injury or death of a family member when accidentally discharged, or to be used in a suicide, than it is to be used in self-defense. While every law abiding American has the right to own a gun, they deserve to know the truth about the dangers of a gun in the home, not more of the gun lobby's lies. But the NRA and the corporate gun lobby don't care about these facts or the human lives behind them. All they care about is selling guns and making profits."
Myth: A gun in the home makes you safer.
Fact: Owning a gun is linked to a higher risk of being shot in homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings. In fact, research has shown that a gun in the home makes a homicide two to three times as likely and suicide three to five times more likely. And gun death rates in states with the highest rates of gun ownership are 7 times higher than in states with the lowest household gun ownership.
Myth: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Fact: Guns are more often used for harming one's self or others than to protect one's self. For every time a gun is used in self-defense, it is used:
- 11 times for completed and attempted suicides
- 7 times in criminal assaults and homicides, and
- 4 times in unintentional shooting deaths or injuries
Myth: Hillary Clinton and the gun violence prevention movement want to take away your guns and your right to protect yourself.
Fact: Preventing gun violence and reducing gun deaths and injuries would do nothing to take away the legal right to bear arms. But local, state, and federal laws keeping guns out of dangerous hands can save lives.
Myth: A gun in the home makes a woman safer.
Fact: Victims of domestic violence are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser has access to a gun.
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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.