Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Responds to Layoffs at National Rifle Association
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Senior Director of Advocacy Lori Haas issued the following statement:
“Yesterday, we learned that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has laid off a significant number of employees from their national headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we take no joy in extra hardship for any American family, however we are not surprised that the NRA’s house of cards is showing signs of collapsing. In recent years, the organization has become embroiled in a nasty legal battle with their former advertising agency, been involved in significant fiscal mismanagement, is currently under investigation by the Attorney General of New York, and has lost the majority of its political clout.
“The NRA has been as reckless with their assets as they have been with the safety of the American people. As the nation was told to stay home in recent weeks, the NRA wanted people to go out and purchase weapons, despite evidence that shows firearms make their homes less safe. This is the type of money-grubbing behavior that we’ve come to expect from this once influential organization.
“As we seek to get through the worst of this crisis and eventually return to some semblance of normality, we hope that America’s gun owners in the future will choose to be represented by an organization that is both fiscally and morally sound. That is not the National Rifle Association — at least as long as Wayne LaPierre is at the helm.
“Americans of all political backgrounds should recognize that our nation and our politics would be safer without the type of toxicity that has been promoted by this organization. Regulating firearms as a means to reduce gun violence remains overwhelmingly politically and culturally popular. As Americans come together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, our hope is that we retain this national spirit to also defeat our unique epidemic of gun violence — without the divisiveness of the NRA.”
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is America’s oldest gun violence prevention organization
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