BRADY CAMPAIGN CALLS OUT ABBOTT: IT'S NEVER JUST A JOKE | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

BRADY CAMPAIGN CALLS OUT ABBOTT: IT'S NEVER JUST A JOKE

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly@bradymail.org
Phone: 724-612-3453

BRADY CAMPAIGN CALLS OUT ABBOTT: IT'S NEVER JUST A JOKE

WASHINGTON - Brady Campaign president Dan Gross issued the following statement after Texas governor Greg Abbott joked about shooting reporters.

"This joke was dangerous and out of line. Because it's never just a joke to some. It's never just rhetoric. Words matter. President Trump encouraged violence as a candidate on the trail, and his supporters started throwing punches. Rep-elect Gianforte once joked about hurting journalists, then this week followed it through with a bodyslam that sent a Guardian reporter to the hospital. Words matter. In a state and country where dangerous people can still so easily buy guns without a background check, leaders of every political stripe should be careful not to green light violence on their behalf."

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