Mooney CandidateDear Mr. Mooney,

If you are elected to the House of Representatives, there will undoubtedly be times when you disagree with your colleagues about important issues and legislation. But there should never be a time when those disagreements lead to threats and/or violence.

Unfortunately, one of your donors, Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA), does not feel the same.

In March 2014, upon learning that Rep. Carolyn Maloney and other Members of Congress feared that GOA members might feel compelled to shoot them if they voted for gun reform, Pratt stated, “You know, I’m kind of glad that’s in the back of their minds.”1

Then, on July 23rd, Pratt posted “An Open Letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney” on GOA’s website.2 In that letter, Pratt threatened:

Should you attempt to disarm Americans the way the British crown tried 240 years ago, the same sovereign people who constituted this government using the cartridge box someday may need to reconstitute it, as clearly anticipated by the Declaration of Independence.

Larry Pratt
Mr. Mooney, Americans hold different, and passionate, views on the gun issue. But we can express those differences—and debate them—without threatening one another. Larry Pratt has obviously crossed a line in suggesting his members might shoot a Congresswoman who votes in a way they believe is unconstitutional. By continuing to accept money from GOA you are sending a dangerous message that you, too, share this radical view.

Please return the $4,709 that Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA) gave you to run for a House seat in West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district.



  1. Larry Pratt is the Gun Lobby’s Secret Weapon,” Rolling Stone, July 14, 2014
  2. An Open Letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney,” Gun Owners of America website, July 23, 2014

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