NUL President Morial Joins Gun-Control Advocacy Group
James Wright | 4/18/2014, 3:45 p.m.
National Urban League President Marc Morial has joined a new gun-control advocacy organization that aims to galvanize Americans to end gun violence.
Everytown for Gun Safety, founded earlier this week with the support of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was formed to counter powerful pro-gun lobbyists on Capitol Hill.
Morial, a former mayor of New Orleans, is familiar with the pain and destruction that gun violence can cause.
"Gun violence has often primarily been associated with poor, urban neighborhoods," Morial said. "But the truth is that gun violence can and does happen everywhere. The common denominator is easy access to guns."
Bloomberg, who has been a force in the Mayors against Illegal Guns organization and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has committed $50 million to help the organization, which also has the support of billionaire business magnate Warren Buffett.
Morial points out that gun violence kills 86 Americans daily and "yet the U.S. Congress has failed to enact legislation requiring comprehensive gun background checks, despite overwhelmingly public support."
"In an effort to press for change in Washington and move beyond Congress to bring common-sense gun policies to state capitols, corporate boards and state and federal elections, Everytown's supporters will back candidates and legislation aimed at saving lives and raise awareness around urgent gun safety issues," Morial said.
Morial, who will serve on Everytown's advisory board with Bloomberg and Buffett, said that fighting gun violence has long been a part of his public life.
"This is a fight to which I have been committed — whether being the first U.S. mayor to bring suit against major gun manufacturers to hold them accountable for their part in the senseless cycle of violence or focusing on the reduction of gun violence in the name of public health and community safety at the National Urban League," he said.