FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2021
Andrew Patrick, firstname.lastname@example.org
McAuliffe’s Experience Addressing Gun Violence Will Be Invaluable in Building A Safer Virginia
Democratic ticket demonstrates momentum of gun violence prevention movement
WASHINGTON — Tonight, Virginians chose Terry McAuliffe as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for the great Commonwealth of Virginia.
Lori Haas, Virginia State Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, issued the following statement:
“Tonight’s results reaffirm Virginia voters’ commitment to gun violence prevention. In 2013, Terry McAuliffe proudly touted his ‘F’ rating from the NRA in his successful first gubernatorial run. By running and winning on a platform of gun violence prevention, he changed the political calculus and empowered campaigns across Virginia to emulate his winning gun violence prevention stance. As a result, Virginians elected a gun violence prevention majority to the General Assembly, and Virginia has now enacted some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country over the past two years.
“Now is not the time to go back. Virginia cannot afford to elect Glenn Youngkin and his outdated and harmful stance on gun violence. His willingness to say anything for a vote is deeply troubling.
“Terry McAuliffe has the knowledge and experience to build on Virginia’s gun violence prevention successes and make the Commonwealth a better, safer, and more equitable place for all Virginians. The stakes are too high, and we cannot risk the consequences of electing a governor who caters to insurrectionists and a ‘guns everywhere’ agenda at the cost to the safety and welfare of everyday Virginians. The choice is clear: Terry McAuliffe must be the next governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.