New NRA Ads, Which are Running in MI, NC, PA and WI, Have Already Been Slammed for Being False and Misleading
The NRA is “Basically On Life Support” Due to Legal, Financial, and Internal Turmoil, including Lawsuits filed by the New York and DC Attorneys General Earlier this Month
NEW YORK –– Today, Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, responded to the release of new baseless television ads by the NRA against Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, which observers are already calling “simply untrue.”
The ads are being released at a time of unprecedented turmoil for the NRA. Earlier this month, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed suit seeking to dissolve the NRA for violating New York charities law. On the same day, DC Attorney General Karl Racine sued the NRA for allegedly exerting undue influence over the NRA Foundation. The NRA is now mired in rampant political, legal, and financial difficulties, leading to a sharp decline in political spending and leading experts to claim that NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s eventual removal is “all but a foregone conclusion.”
“The NRA’s latest attempt at fear mongering lays bare their own greatest worry, which is political irrelevance,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Their raw desperation is well-founded, because today’s NRA is mired in crisis and strapped for cash.”
“The NRA knows gun safety will be a winning issue in November, so they’re left with no choice but to lie to voters,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “The NRA is still operating from a decades-old elections playbook that seeks to sow chaos and fear-monger. This erroneous ad is further proof that the gun lobby is on the run because politicians are now running on the issue of gun safety.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) represent the strongest gun safety ticket in history and both have records of standing up to the NRA. National polling released in June found that the intensity of Americans’ support for common-sense gun safety measures had surged during the coronavirus pandemic, with a significant majority of Americans viewing background checks on all gun sales and disarming domestic abusers “more important” now than before the pandemic began.