Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
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ORLANDO SURVIVOR MAKES PERSONAL APPEAL TO SUNDAY DEBATE MODERATORS IN NEW VIDEO
Pulse survivor Angel Colon calls on moderators to ask each candidate for gun violence solutions during upcoming presidential debate
More than 40,000 Americans vote for candidates to address need for expanded Brady background checks during debate
WASHINGTON - In a new video from the Brady Campaign, Pulse shooting survivor Angel Colon is calling on debate moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz to ask each candidate what they will do to keep guns out of dangerous hands this Sunday. Colon was shot multiple times during the mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured.
In the video, Colon calls on Cooper and Raddatz to ask about gun violence, "[The Pulse shooting] was a tragic day for my city and for our country. Today I'm calling on debate moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz to ask both candidates what they will do as president to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and to stop gun violence in America."
More than 40,000 Brady advocates and average Americans have joined Colon in asking for gun violence prevention to take center stage at Sunday's debate, casting votes in an online poll organized by the Open Debate Coalition and in collaboration with Sunday's CNN and ABC moderators. The number one question, by more than 10,000 votes, is 'Would you support requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales?'
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said “Americans are worried about the scourge of gun violence in our country and they want meaningful action. By a 10,000 vote margin, the number one issue on Americans' minds is what each candidate will do to keep guns out of dangerous hands - specifically whether they support expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales.
"This is a pivotal moment in the gun violence prevention moment. Americans have put the presidential candidates, and moderators, on the spot in historic fashion. Never before in a presidential debate have candidates been asked about expanding Brady background checks, much less at the behest of more than 40,000 Americans. The ball is in their court now.
"One candidate was by Jim Brady's side when the original Brady bill was signed into law. The other has faulted Angel and other Pulse victims for not strapping on guns before going out that night. One candidate has made expanding background checks a campaign priority while the other routinely makes gun violence a campaign trail punchline. Come Sunday night, Donald Trump would do well to remember that 93 percent of the Americans he seeks to lead already support expanded Brady background checks. Come Sunday night, he'll have to explain to those Americans why he simply doesn't care. The daily terror of gun violence has taken its toll on this country, and people want solutions."
Last week, Angel Colon and the Brady Campaign met individually with the Florida congressional delegation, including Senators Nelson and Rubio.
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.