Monday, January 18, 2016
National Shooting Sports Foundation
11 Mile Hill Road, Newtown
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Newtown-based corporate gun lobby, will be holding its annual firearm trade show and conference in Las Vegas from January 19th - 22nd. The SHOT Show and Conference is the largest firearm trade show in the world and 62,000 industry professionals will be meeting to fight any and all sensible gun laws. Unlike Jay Leno who cancelled his appearance last year, Jeff Foxworthy will be performing at the NSSF Industry Dinner.
The NSSF has grown from its hunting and target shooting roots as a gun industry trade organization to one of the most powerful gun lobby groups in the nation. This under-the-radar gun lobby group headquartered a few miles from the Sandy Hook Elementary School, outspent the National Rifle Association (NRA) on lobbying for gun rights in 2014 and spent nearly the same amount in 2015. The NSSF is the group who redefined assault rifles as "modern sporting rifles" and worked to put more guns including assault rifles in the hands of small children.
Three months ago, many of you signed our coalition petition asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to cancel the $2.4 million grant to NSSF for its Project ChildSafe program. No taxpayer in America should have to foot the bill for a profit-focused gun lobby group looking to improve its public image. During our December trip to Washington D.C. for the 3rd National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, we hand-delivered our coalition petition signed by over 28,000 people to a representative at the DOJ with advocates from Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and MomsRising,
In our effort to raise awareness about the NSSF and its irresponsible marketing and lobbying practices, we will be joined by Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, Brady Campaign Southwest CT Chapter and the Enough Campaign to rally in Newtown outside the NSSF headquarters at 11 Mile Hill Road on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th at 4 p.m. EST.
PLEASE RSVP BY FILLING OUT THIS VERY SHORT FORM: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1p3vBZjuNdLItgsV1OVp_jMAVTGl_073EZqe1QTXACX4/viewform
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We were pleased to join the President in the East Room of the White House last Tuesday when he announced his executive actions to #EndGunViolence. At our rally, we will also be thanking President Obama for his leadership. We look forward to hearing his statement on gun violence prevention tonight at his last State of the Union address. Our hearts will be heavy when we see the #EmptySeat next to the First Lady, representing all victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice.
We must continue to work together to prevent our tax dollars from being awarded to NSSF and send a strong message to the gun industry to stop its relentless fight against sensible gun laws in pursuit of corporate gun profits. We can no longer accept the status quo where guns are killing more than 30,000 Americans annually.
We are on the right side of history. The conversation has changed since the Sandy Hook tragedy. States are passing background check bills. Presidential candidates are debating gun violence like never before. Please continue to help us to #HonorWithAction to #EndGunViolence and remember to vote for those who support common sense efforts to reduce gun violence.
Chairman, Newtown Action Alliance
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Photo above: President Obama speaks in Hartford, CT.
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