A US military veterans group is still “committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world – with force when necessary” but is now advocating for unversal background checks for gun sales at home. Here is the complete press release from votevets.org:Washington. DC – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, with over 220,000 supporters is launching a powerful new ad today supporting universal background checks for gun sales, in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and North Dakota. The ad features Iraq War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Glenn Kunkel, who fires an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at a mannequin, displaying the power of the weapon. VoteVets.org said the ad could be expanded to other states, as well.
The group is spending $150,000 to air the ad, overall, with $50,000 dedicated evenly to each state.
In the ad, Kunkel opens, holding an AR-15 and says, “I had to pass a background check to join the Marine Corps, before I could carry a weapon similar to this one in Iraq. Here at home, anyone can purchase this weapon, no questions asked.” He then fires off a number of rounds into a water-filled mannequin, which explodes with each hit.
“I support the Second Amendment, but we’ve seen what can happen when these fall into the wrong hands,” he continues. At this point a picture of a memorial for those murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary is shown.
Kunkel then concludes, “I needed a background check to carry similar weapons in combat. We should require the same here at home.” Text then says, “If our troops need a background check, so should criminals.”
Everyone volunteering for the military must pass a background check before entering the service. But, as has been well documented, background checks are not required to purchase a weapon through private sales or gun shows.
Recent polling has shown support for universal background checks is at an astronomically high 85-to-90 percent among all adults in the United States, with similar levels of support among gun owners. Yet, prospects for legislation in Congress to mandate background checks are murky, as the National Rifle Association lobbies against the views of gun owners, thousands of veterans like Glenn Kunkel, and Americans at large.
Founded in 2006, and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans’ interests in their day-to-day lives. VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world – with force when necessary – to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.