Not Your Grandparents’ NRA: Everytown for Gun Safety Debuts New Television Ad and Report on How the NRA Leadership’s Extremism Puts American Lives at Risk

INDIANAPOLIS, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the 143rd NRA Annual
Meeting gets underway in Indianapolis, Everytown for Gun Safety, the new
organization bringing together Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action
for Gun Sense in America and millions of Americans to prevent gun violence,
debuted a new television advertisement and research report today on how the NRA
leadership’s extremism and opposition to even modest steps to keep guns out of
dangerous hands puts American lives at risk.

The television ad, entitled “Not Our Words” features gun violence survivors
speaking the out-of-touch words of Washington gun lobby leaders. Cleopatra and
Nathaniel Pendleton, whose daughter Hadiya was murdered in Chicago shortly after
she participated in President Obama’s inauguration, are featured in the ad as
well as survivors from the Virginia Tech school shooting, the Aurora movie
theatre shooting and many survivors of every day gun violence. It will air on TV
throughout the weekend in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. and can be viewed

The report released today, “Not Your Grandparents’ NRA”, explores the
fundamental and radical changes of NRA leaders over the past 30 years and how
the organization has shifted from one that promotes hunting, marksmanship,
safety training and supported sensible gun laws, to one that virulently opposes
any reforms to keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives. The report –
which can be found here – outlines some of the most egregious positions and
tactics the NRA has taken to subvert public safety and advance its agenda,

— Fighting for the rights of felons and terror suspects to buy and own
firearms and explosives;
— Campaigning to put guns in places like bars, despite the documented
dangers of mixing guns and alcohol;
— Promoting gag orders to block pediatricians and military commanders from
discussing gun safety with parents and service members at risk for
— Handcuffing law enforcement and impeding their efforts to fight gun
crime by sabotaging the introduction of proven, innovative technology;
— Hobbling communities beset?by gun violence by thwarting their efforts to
tailor gun laws to local conditions.
At a press conference today to debut the ad and release the report, Shannon
Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said, “NRA
leadership is putting politics over science, emotion over reason, and adherence
to a radical agenda over public safety. That’s why we’ve gathered in
Indianapolis this weekend: to call on the NRA’s leadership and lobbyists to stop
distorting the facts and to urge NRA officials to get in line with their
membership and support simple, common sense measures that will save lives.”

Participants in the television ad also spoke out today in Indianapolis.

“I’m a gun owner, a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, and a survivor of gun
violence,” said Jennifer Longdon, who survived a shooting that left her a
permanently paralyzed wheelchair user. “I’m here to represent the majority of
responsible gun owners who support common sense gun laws that protect the second
amendment and ensure a safer society. We must demand that the NRA leadership
abandon their extremism and represent the views of law abiding gun owners across
this country.”

“In my home state of Colorado last year we passed a background check law and it
is working – felons, domestic abusers and those with mental problems have been
stopped from buying a firearm,” said Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex was murdered
in the Aurora movie theatre shooting. “Common sense gun reform is something we
all can get behind. This is not an us or them problem. This is a concern we all
should care about. Lets not wait until you have a story like mine before you ask
for a change. Lets do something now.”

Advocates and survivors also discussed items on the agenda during the NRA

Beth Meeks, Executive Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic
Violence, remarked on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s address to the NRA
annual meeting today and pending legislation: “As of 2012, Louisiana has the
highest murder rate of all 50 states. All too often those murders involve women
and family members who were killed by a domestic abuser. A bill that would help
keep guns out of the hands of abusers has garnered overwhelming bipartisan
support in both the House and Senate. When this this bill lands on Governor
Jindal’s desk, we fully expect him to stand with the overwhelming majority of
people in our state who support common sense measures to protect Louisiana
families from gun violence.”

Lucia McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was killed, said, “We are in Indianapolis
this weekend to begin chipping away at the harmful body of work – like Stand
Your Ground laws — that NRA leaders have created in the last few decades. We
will continue our fight to pass sensible reforms that will prevent gun violence
and save lives.”

Separately today, Pastor Michael McBride, director of the PICO National
Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign – a nationwide, faith-based effort to
reduce gun violence and end mass incarceration – called on the Rev. Franklin
Graham to express his support for background checks as a part of his remarks to
the NRA’s prayer breakfast: “I pray that that the Rev. Graham will speak truth
to power on Sunday morning and remind the NRA leadership that support for Second
Amendment rights goes hand in hand with keeping guns away from young people,
criminals and other dangerous people who shouldn’t have them.”

Everytown and Moms Demand Action are also bringing together more than 100
mothers from across the country and gun violence survivors and advocates to
speak out for sensible reforms to end the gun violence that kills 86 Americans
every day. On Saturday, Moms and gun violence survivors and advocates will
gather for a “stroller jam” rally to end gun violence. On Sunday, Moms will
gather for a quilting bee for the “Mother’s Dream Quilt Project”, a collection
of quilts composed of meaningful fabric from victim or survivors of gun violence
such as a piece of clothing or a beloved blanket.

Throughout the convention weekend, members of Everytown will urge NRA leadership
to stand with the vast majority of its members who support common-sense gun laws
including the 82 percent of gun owners and 74 percent of NRA members who support
criminal background checks for all gun sales – a view that the NRA and Executive
Vice President Wayne LaPierre supported barely more than a decade ago.

The NRA convention follows on the heels of last week’s announcement of Everytown
for Gun Safety and the launch of the Gun Sense Voter campaign to mobilize one
million gun safety voters in November and beyond. Just this week, Everytown
helped defeat two dangerous gun bills in Arizona that were vetoed by Governor
Jan Brewer.

About Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense
policies that will reduce gun violence and save lives. Everytown is the largest
gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 1.5 million
supporters including moms, mayors, survivors, and everyday Americans who are
fighting for reforms that respect the Second Amendment and protect people. At
the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded in 2006 by former
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, and
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of American
mothers founded on the day after Newtown. Learn more at and
follow us @Everytown

Stacey Radnor: or 202-870-6668
Jack Warner: or 914-575-1090

SOURCE Everytown for Gun Safety

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