Everytown, Moms Demand Action Release New York Times Ad Listing Out Members of Congress Beholden to the Gun Lobby

The Ad (Viewable Here) Lists Members of Congress, Their Phone Numbers and How Much NRA Money They’ve Taken

Following the Parkland School Shooting, Everytown and Moms Demand Action Released a #ThrowThemOut Action Plan Found Here:

NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, today released a two-page New York Times ad, calling out members of Congress who have taken NRA money and fail to vote for gun safety. The ad includes the members of Congress’ phone numbers and the amount contributed to them by the NRA.

“Americans have had enough,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “The public is united behind common-sense gun laws. Members of Congress can step up or voters will throw them out.”

The ad is part of Everytown’s five-action plan, called Throw Them Out, aimed at channeling the frustration and heartbreak Americans feel over the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, into an actionable plan to elect leaders who will fight for gun safety and work to put an end to these horrifying and all-too-frequent gun tragedies.

“This ad is a list of names of lawmakers who have willfully chosen to be on the wrong side of history,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Gun violence is senseless, devastating and preventable. Every lawmaker who fails to act is allowing this crisis to continue.”

The contributions listed include career total NRA direct contributions (contributions from the NRA Political Victory Fund and NRA employees), as well as independent expenditure support going back to 1989. The list does not include independent expenditures to oppose each candidate’s opponents for office. It excludes members of Congress who have stood up to the NRA in recent years by voting against Concealed Carry Reciprocity (H.R. 38) or because of their opposition to weakening state gun laws, as well as members who have supported strengthening criminal background checks for gun sales by voting for the Manchin-Toomey background check bill in 2013 (S. Amdt. 715 to S. 649) or cosponsoring the Background Check Expansion Act (S. 2009) or the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Act (H.R. 4240).

The full “Throw Them Out” plan is available here.