For Immediate Release: June 6, 2018
Contact: Julia Savel, 973-525-5579, juliasavel@
RACINE, WI – With a record number of school shootings and gun-related violence this year, Randy Bryce demands Bryan Steil, Paul Ryan’s chosen replacement, reject all money from the NRA.
“Too many politicians are in the pockets of the gun lobby. The NRA clearly values profits and power over saving innocent lives — all while our leaders shamelessly take money from them. And no one profits from their NRA ties quite like Paul Ryan, who took over $170,000 (citation) in 2016 from the NRA — more than any other member in the House of Representatives.
This is unacceptable. I will not take a penny from the NRA because they fund and fuel the gun epidemic. I challenge Ryan’s hand-picked replacement, Bryan Steil, to do the same and reject the gun lobby’s money. Wisconsin families and communities deserve a leader who will put our interests, safety, and wellbeing first.”
Watch Randy’s online video about rejecting NRA money here. The script of the video is below:
More and more, Americans are fed up with the NRA. They buy politicians support. Our leaders should never be in the pockets of lobbyists and big corporations.
We have a gun problem in America. Too many people have too many guns. And the evidence proves it. The US has nearly six times the gun homicide rate as Canada, more than seven times as Sweden, and nearly 16 times as Germany.
America’s problem with guns is completely unique. No other country faces as many school shootings, homicides, and widespread gun related crimes.
It’s not rocket science. We see the problem facing our country and there is an easy solution that has proven to work. We need comprehensive gun reform, and we need it now. We need universal background checks. We need to ban bump stocks and assault rifles. We need a 48 hour waiting period. We need action from our elected officials.
Too many politicians who take millions from the NRA have said that anyone who speaks up for these common sense gun safety measures are politicizing the situation. I don’t think demanding that our fellow Americans are safe is politicizing anything. It’s what we should expect from our representatives.
That is why I am proud to say that I will never take a single cent from the NRA. We are seeing a shift in this country. People are standing up, taking action, and pushing back against the NRA. We need to hold the NRA accountable for their actions. We need to boycott this organization that is putting their political priorities before the lives of innocent Americans.
I pledge not to take any NRA money. Now it’s your turn.