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NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, today announced the launch of a new five-figure digital advertising campaign to hold elected officials accountable on gun safety in Virginia.
The advertising campaign follows this week’s special session where the Republican-led Virginia General Assembly took no action on gun violence prevention and adjourned less than 90 minutes after the session started. The digital ads will be targeted to voters in competitive districts in Northern Virginia as well as the Richmond suburbs, and Hampton Roads.
The entire General Assembly will be up for election in November, and this is part of Everytown and Moms Demand Action volunteers’ efforts to elect leaders in Virginia who will champion gun safety.
“Less than four months from now, Virginia’s General Assembly will be up for election. Republican lawmakers in Virginia chose a familiar response to tragedy this week: complete and utter inaction,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “That’s why Everytown and Moms Demand Action are all in on replacing them with lawmakers who will put their safety ahead of the gun lobby.”
“Virginia lawmakers failed to vote for stronger gun laws and now, in November, voters will have their say in the matter by voting them out of office,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Moms Demand Action volunteers will work overtime to make sure Virginians know which lawmakers stood in the way of common sense gun laws and see to it that they lose their seats.”
Everytown and Moms Demand Action’s commitment to electing gun sense champions in Virginia was outlined this week in an opinion piece by Everytown president John Feinblatt in The Washington Post.
Virginia was once an NRA stronghold, but gun safety advocates made serious inroads during the past three election cycles when Everytown alone has spent nearly $5 million to elect gun safety champions in the state.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
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