Colorado Courage Campaign and Columbine Father Launch Statewide Radio Campaign and Increase Newspaper Advertising Urging Udall, Congress to Close Gun Show Loophole
DENVER, April 19 /PRNewswire/ — On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, Tom Mauser, father of victim Daniel Mauser, questions why it has taken federal lawmakers more than a decade to require background checks at gun shows.
The shooters obtained three of their guns through a private seller at a gun show with no background checks, which directly contributed to the senseless killing of 13 and wounding of another 21. A year after the tragedy, Colorado voted overwhelmingly to close this loophole, but it remains open in many states, including every state surrounding Colorado.
“This endangers the lives of all of us,” Mauser said. “This is a loophole in federal law that needs to be closed by Congress, so that Colorado’s background check law becomes the law of the land. Sen. Bennett supports the bill, but Sen. Udall has not yet made his position clear.”
Mauser is launching a statewide radio advertising campaign Monday and Tuesday, which asks voters to contact Sen. Udall requesting that he vote to eliminate the national gun show loophole. This radio promotion dovetails Mauser’s full-page letter to Senator Udall that will be placed in the Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera on Monday and Tuesday to bring attention to the issue.
Currently, Senate Bill 843, which would close this loophole, is being debated by Congress. In recent months, 87 percent of Americans polled said they supported criminal background checks* on gun purchasers at gun shows, and two out of three National Rifle Association members support criminal background checks at gun shows.**
*2008 bi-partisan poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and the Tarrance Group.
**2009 poll by Republican pollster Frank Luntz.
SOURCE Colorado Courage Campaign