Washington, DC—One day after the President unveiled a broad-ranging package of gun policy measures, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has released a new video to remind Members of Congress what is at stake. The video, available here, features Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) and uses his own campaign ad to link his support for the NRA to the weak gun laws that facilitate the type of carnage we have seen at Newtown and other massacres.
In his ad, Rep. Barrow cocks a rifle and touts his NRA endorsement. He then closes with the warning, “I approved this message because these are my guns now—and ain’t nobody gonna take ‘em away.”
One week ago, Barrow declared that “no new [gun] laws will have a big chance of passing in the House.” Yesterday, he commented on President Obama’s reform package, saying, “We need to find practical solutions to gun violence that are consistent with the Second Amendment, rather than having another political debate in Washington that divides Americans."
According to CSGV executive director Josh Horwitz, “Representative John Barrow has decided to put his love of the NRA above his concern for his fellow Americans. That is not acceptable.”
Noting that Barrow has received $27,250 in NRA campaign contributions over his eight-year congressional career, Horwitz added, “Rep. Barrow has been bought for the price of a new truck. It would be laughable if his lack of regard for our families’ safety wasn’t so dangerous.”
The new CSGV video follows on the heels of an ad campaign criticizing Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for saying the White House's effort to reform our gun laws was "extreme." The Heitkamp ads, signed by four parents who lost their children in mass shootings, bore the simple message, "SHAME ON YOU." They urged Americans to call Senator Heitkamp to express their disgust, and many did. In response, Senator Heitkamp changed her position, declaring, "We have a responsibility to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill."
Horwitz noted that the President’s report is full of proposals that are overwhelmingly supported not only by Americans, but by gun owners. This includes reforms that would require universal background checks on all gun sales, renew the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and eliminate restrictions on federal research into gun violence.
“We will continue to call out those who refuse to protect our families and communities,” said Horwitz. “If you’re carrying the NRA’s water, we’ll be watching—and informing your constituents of where your priorities lie when it comes to public safety.”
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is encouraging concerned citizens to call Representative Barrow at (202) 225-2823 to tell him to support the President’s gun policy proposals.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.