On a tragic day in Washington, where there was a fatal shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum and one day after the Virginia Democrats nominate Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced that it was endorsing Deeds in his race against right wing Republican Bob McDonnell.
Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement this evening:
Creigh Deeds told voters that he was moved by the arguments he heard from survivors of the Virginia Tech tragedy, and pledged that he’d support closing the loophole that allows dangerous people to purchase weapons without passing criminal background checks. Bob McDonnell so far has refused to acknowledge that the loophole even exists.
“The voters in Virginia now have a choice between a candidate who says he’s ‘determined to get the gun show loophole closed’ and a man who talks about family values but has refused to make it harder for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns. That’s a clear choice indeed. We look forward to this issue, and other initiatives to reduce gun violence, being debated further during the rest of the campaign.