STATEMENT: DFA on “cowardly” Dems who opposed background checks

Moments ago, the U.S. Senate rejected the Manchin-Toomey amendment failing to expand background checks on all gun purchases.

Here's Democracy for America's (DFA) response to the Senate's failure to lead:

"Democrats who were too cowardly to get on the right side of a 90-10 issue like universal background checks better believe that the progressives will remember their spinlessness on gun violence prevention come reelection time.  The over 1 million members of Democracy for America nationwide work to elect progressive fighters, not U.S. Senators who can be cowed by the right-wing fringe and gun industry lobbyists like the NRA." -- Neil Sroka, Communications Director, Democracy for America

Details about Democracy for America & the fight for comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation:

  • Nearly 83,000 individuals have signed DFA's petition supporting an Assault Weapons Ban.
  • DFA placed its "John Deserves a Vote" ad on the Sunday shows in DC following the President's State of the Union push against gun violence.
  • DFA members have made 1000s of calls to their Senators to support gun violence prevention legislation in the four months since Newtown.
  • Founded by Gov. Howard Dean in 2004, DFA has over 1 million members nationwide.
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