(Springfield, IL)— The Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America claim gun safety victories today in the reelection of Congressman Bill Foster and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and defeat of NRA A-rated candidates Darlene Senger and Larry Kaifesh.
This election season Moms Demand Action unveiled the “ExplainYour A” social media campaign asking candidates to explain their ‘A’ rating from the NRA. This top grade from the gun lobby represents support for the rights of felons, domestic abusers and terror suspects to buy and own guns, among other dangerous policies and proved a liability for Illinois candidates Darlene Senger and Larry Kaifesh as well as Florida candidate Carl Domino.
“Voters in Illinois deserved to know where the candidates stand on public safety and we presented Senger and Kaifesh an opportunity to let us know what they did to deserve their ‘A’ rating. The NRA believes in putting suspected terrorists, convicted felons, and domestic abusers ahead of our children and the safety of our communities,” said Nicole Chen, a volunteer with the Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action. “When Moms cast their votes yesterday, they turned that ‘A’ rating into last place at the ballot box.”
The Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a targeted campaign asking Darlene Senger and Larry Kaifesh to explain their ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association. The NRA supports several extreme positions, including:
- Making it Easy for Terrorists to Buy Guns: The NRA has opposed efforts to block terror suspects from buying firearms and explosives.
- Keeping Felons Armed: The NRA fought for the rights of felons to buy and own firearms.
- Endangering Victims of Domestic Violence: The NRA has opposed laws requiring dangerous domestic abusers to surrender their guns.
The campaign came just ahead of midterm elections as Moms from around the country – and in Illinois –ramped up mobilization efforts to galvanize support for gun sense champions.