New Television Ads Slam Beth Van Duyne for Failing to Address Gun Violence and Putting Texans’ Health Care at Risk
Gun Violence Prevention is One of The Most Persuasive Attacks On Republicans in Texas’ Political Battlegrounds, Polling Shows
AUSTIN, Texas — Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund (“Everytown Victory Fund”) unveiled new television ads against Beth Van Duyne, targeted towards voters in Texas’ 24th congressional district. Everytown Victory Fund will be spending $1 million to run the ads in the Dallas media market through the election.
The ads slam Beth Van Duyne for her failure to support background checks on all gun sales, and her support for a health care plan that would gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
“Make no mistake, if Beth Van Duyne wins this race, she will be a rubber stamp for Trump’s dangerous agenda on gun safety and the health of Texas communities,” said Charlie Kelly, senior political advisor to Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund. “From now until Election Day, we’ll be reminding Texas voters that Beth Van Duyne isn’t looking out for them.”
“We have thrown our full support behind Candace Valenzuela, a true champion for our communities who will fight to prevent gun violence,” said Chris Cortopassi, a volunteer with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We’re spending every spare minute talking to our neighbors and urging them to vote against Beth Van Duyne, who doesn’t have our back.”
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Polling conducted by Schoen Consulting of voters in the Dallas and Houston areas affirms that gun safety is a winning issue for battleground voters in Texas. Highlights include:
- 79% of voters in Dallas-area battleground districts and 76% of voters in Houston-area battleground districts say a candidate’s position on gun violence prevention is important to their vote for the Texas State House.
- Gun violence prevention is one of the most persuasive attacks on Republicans in battleground districts; messaging about Republican legislators standing in the way of gun safety rank on par with hits focused on other core issues such as cutting education funding, opposing women’s reproductive rights, and failing to protect people with pre-existing conditions.
- State House Republicans’ decision to weaken gun laws following mass shootings made voters in both Dallas and Houston battlegrounds more likely to vote for Democratic candidates.