Murphy aids pro-gun control Dems
He calls the campaign “NR8.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., whose signature issue is gun control, will hold a 24-hour fundraising spree next week to boost the campaigns of eight Democrats who are challenging National Rifle Association-supported incumbents.
“My idea was to launch a one-day online fundraising campaign for eight Democratic candidates who are strong on gun violence reform and who are running to replace incumbents who are A-rated NRA members in seats or states that Hillary Clinton won,” Murphy said in a statement.
Clinton and a high-profile list of other Democrats, including eight U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives, will join Murphy in the effort to raise $1 million on Oct. 5. Organizations including MoveOn, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords, Moms Demand Action, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will also participate.
Together, they hope to raise the money in an effort Murphy says is unprecedented.
“It's really important for us to show that we are coordinated and united, because the NRA is,” Murphy said. “Ultimately, we are trying to convince Republicans to vote with us because they fear the political consequences of voting with the gun lobby.”
The fundraiser is timed to fall days after the oneyear anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting in which one man killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 when he open fired at a country music festival from his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Murphy has been a strong advocate on behalf of gun control efforts in part because the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, in which 20 elementary school children and teachers were fatally shot in Newtown, took place in his district when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives.