In the Year Since the U.S. House Passed H.R. 8––A Bipartisan Bill to Require Background Checks on All Gun Sales––an Estimated 1,400+ Georgians Have Been Killed by Guns. But Senator Perdue Has Failed to Act.
This Week, Everytown and Moms Demand Action Are Holding Senators Accountable for their Inaction and Demanding They Pass Lifesaving Background Checks Legislation
WASHINGTON — Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and its grassroots network, Moms Demand Action, announced a $45,000 ad campaign to hold Senator Perdue accountable for one year of inaction on H.R. 8––a bipartisan and immensely popular bill to require background checks on all gun sales. The campaign is built around February 27, the one year anniversary of the day the U.S. House passed H.R. 8, and will run throughout next week. It will feature digital and print advertising demanding that Senator Perdue pass this life-saving law.
“Georgia families have no time to wait for life-saving gun safety legislation,” said Anne Allen Westbrook, volunteer with the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action. “In the year that’s passed since H.R. 8 passed the House, more people have been shot and killed. Senator Perdue must correct his failure to act by supporting H.R. 8.”
Senator Perdue has done nothing to pass H.R. 8, which is designed to close loopholes in our background check system that enable individuals like domestic abusers and convicted felons to buy guns with no background check and no questions asked. Senator Perdue’s position mirrors that of the NRA, which has given him A ratings and given hundreds of thousands of dollars to his reelection efforts.
The print ad will run in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the digital ads will run on Facebook.
VIEW THE SAMPLE AD HERE.
Sample ad text reads:
“Dear Senator Perdue:
Over 1,500 Georgians have died in the year since the U.S. House passed H.R. 8, a bill to require background checks on all gun sales.
But you’ve refused to act.
Meanwhile, Moms Demand Action volunteers have been busy…”
Background checks on all gun sales are proven to save lives and associated with decreased rates of homicide, suicide, and gun trafficking. They are also immensely popular, supported by 93% of American voters, 89% of Republicans, and 87% of gun owners.
These print and digital ads are a part of a nationwide campaign by Everytown targeted at lawmakers in key states who have failed to support H.R. 8, including U.S. senators and representatives in AZ, NC, IA, KY, CO, PA, and TX. The campaign will also feature grassroots events in several of those states, including one on the steps of Sen. McConnell’s Kentucky office, and voter registration drives led by Students Demand Action across the country.