Krueger-Braneky: We must fight the NRA’s scare tactics

HARRISBURG, March 15 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, today issued the following statement after participating in the PA SAFE Caucus’ morning news conference announcing legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence:

“As a vice chair of the newly formed PA SAFE Caucus, we are committed to reducing gun violence throughout Pennsylvania. To do that, we must combat groups like the National Rifle Association, who use scare tactics and intimidation to try and get their way. And let’s be clear – the NRA is not pro-firearm or pro-Second Amendment, they’re pro-gun manufacturer.

“Make no mistake, public opinion is with us in standing up to the NRA and passing sensible gun safety legislation. A recent poll found that 88 percent of Pennsylvanians support universal background checks, but you wouldn’t know that by the way the NRA talks about it. This is not about taking away Second Amendment rights, but about keeping Pennsylvania families safe and closing loopholes that currently make it possible for someone to buy an AK-47 without a background check.

“We must work with the advocacy groups in our community to spread information and continue to build support so the NRA realizes that they can no longer bully legislators at any level of government. The public is on our side and by partnering with community advocacy groups, we can limit the power of the NRA to dictate what our policy should be and enact commonsense laws that will protect Pennsylvanians at home, at work, at church and at school.”