The NRA just launched an attack video against me because they know that when I’m president, I’ll wake up every day ready to fight them and will work tirelessly to end gun violence in our communities. As we both know, friend, the NRA’s positions are tired, and the movement to take it down will not be discouraged. Here’s why:
Right now we lose roughly 100 Americans to firearm-related deaths every day. As I travel this country, I hear from so many people that they are afraid of sending their kids to school, or going to a concert, or praying in a house of worship.
It’s horrific. I’m frustrated with politicians and gun lobbyists who only ever offer their thoughts and prayers instead of doing something to fix this glaring issue — too many of our elected officials have fallen in line with powerful special interests.
When I’m your next president, I promise that together, we’ll bring a fight like the NRA has never seen — and they know this. That’s why they’re already singling me out and spending money attacking me and our campaign.
I know this fight is very personal for a lot of people. For me, as a black man, it definitely is. Black men are just 7 percent of the nation’s population, but we make up the vast majority of gun murder victims in our country. Just last year a young man was killed with an assault rifle at the top of my block in Newark.
I’m so tired of going to funerals where parents are burying their children. And if we want it to stop, we have got to stand up to the gun lobbyists.
And here’s the thing, friend. The NRA only cares about making more money for corporate gun manufacturers, yet a majority of Americans — gun owners and non-gun owners alike — agree that we need to have universal background checks and close loopholes that allow domestic abusers or people on the no-fly list to buy weapons.