North Carolina Democratic Party Responds To Governor McCrory’s Statement that Gun Control Efforts are “Foolish”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 17, 2013
Contact: Clay Pittman (919) 821-2777 ext 304
This morning Governor McCrory appeared on a Raleigh drive time radio show. Between discussing the First Lady’s preference for privacy, his dog Moe, and listening to the radio hosts disparage Governor Perdue, the Governor stated that he believes that gun control efforts are “foolish.”
North Carolina Democratic Party spokesman Clay Pittman issued the following response:
This is appalling. The Governor has gone off the edge, hand in hand the radical right-wing, on the issue of gun control in this state and in this country. This is a time for a common sense, solution-oriented discussion. This is a time for North Carolinians to have a serious, thoughtful conversation about what we can do to ensure that the senseless, brutal murder that we saw in Newtown, CT, never happens here. North Carolina needs a Governor who is willing to take on the tough questions, and show true leadership on this issue. Instead, what we’re left with, is Governor McCrory dismissing gun control efforts as “foolish.” North Carolinians should be disgusted. Foolish, Governor? Foolish? Would he say that to the families of the 335 North Carolinians who were shot and killed in 2011 (the last year that data is readily available)? Would he say that to the families of the 87 people across the United States that are gunned down every day? That it’s “foolish” to think that this country would be a safer place without assault weapons? That it’s “foolish” to think that military-style clips have no place on this country’s streets? Would he say it to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, to the families of the 32 people killed at Virginia Tech, or the 12 killed in Aurora, CO? Would he say that to the families of the 27 people, including 20 children, that were killed last month in Newtown? Governor McCrory should be ashamed. North Carolinians deserve better.