Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Endorses Deeds

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.


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One response to “Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Endorses Deeds

  1. blake e

    This is one of the most intriguing thing i’ve seen in politics recently and it’s only a day into the campaign.

    I’m really intrigued to see how this plays out. Deeds biggest complaint from within the party was his gun stance. However it benefited him greatly in VA where many people still live in constant fear of the government showing up at their house and taking away their guns.

    Is it convenient policy change in an election year?
    It seems like a genuine response to meeting with the families of VT victims.
    Can deeds still get the Brady endorsement and the NRA endorsement? Is there a chance for the two groups to agree with the logical compromise that some people deserve the right to some weapons and should be protected, but not everybody has a right for every weapon?

    I’m sure it will be painted in a bad light because GOP only has two tricks; “he’s a tax raising, liberal” & “he’s an america-hating, flip-flopping, liberal”.

    But i find this whole thing has potential to be really interesting.

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