Mur­phy aids pro-gun con­trol Dems

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - NEWS - By Em­i­lie Mun­son emun­son@hearst­medi­act.com; Twit­ter: @em­i­liemu­n­son

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.

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