In an effort to get candidates for political office to disclose how they feel about tougher gun laws, Everytown for Gun Safety unveiled a survey last month called the “Gun Sense Voter Federal Candidate Questionnaire.”
Now that the questionnaire — which inquires mainly about where a candidate stands with respect to expanded background checks that would include private transfers, particularly those made over the Internet and at gun shows — has been disseminated to politicians around the country, Everytown wants answers.
To get those answers, Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control outfit wants the public to pressure politicians into responding to those questions by any means necessary, e.g. social media, phone, email, etc.
To that end, Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was slain during the Isla Vista, California, spree killing in May, penned this open letter:
After my son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, was shot and killed near UC Santa Barbara in May, I pledged to do everything I could to hold elected officials accountable for passing stronger gun laws.
If candidates for federal office want our votes, they have to make their positions clear on common-sense gun laws.
You can help by asking the candidates in your area where they stand on ten key solutions to gun violence in America. All they have to do is fill out the Gun Sense Voter Questionnaire.
Click here to watch my short message about the questionnaire — then ask the candidates in your area to fill out the Gun Sense Voter Questionnaire before the August 15 deadline.
We know where the public stands on common-sense gun laws. More than 90 percent of Americans support background checks on all gun sales.
Once we know where our candidates stand on these issues, we’ll combine that information with their prior statements, votes and co-sponsorships to mobilize Americans to support or oppose them at the ballot box this November and beyond.
But we can’t just assume candidates will respond unless we tell them to.
Click here to ask your candidates to fill out the questionnaire as soon as possible.
Together, we’re going to work to hold elected officials accountable — and it starts with making sure the folks running for office are up front about their positions on gun laws.
Thanks for taking action,
In response to Everytown’s survey, I wrote an article entitled, “The 10 Questions Everytown Should Have Asked on Its ‘Gun Sense Voter’ Questionnaire.”
I think my survey was infinitely more appropriate and sensible than Everytown’s. But you can be the judge of that.