Obama supporters launch ad campaign to push gun proposals
February 22nd, 2013
11:28 AM ET
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Obama supporters launch ad campaign to push gun proposals

Washington (CNN) - A pro-President Barack Obama advocacy group launched its first ad campaign Friday as it tries to convince Congressional Republicans to support broader gun background checks, one of the White House’s major gun control priorities.

The ads from Organizing for Action, an independent group being run by some former Obama campaign officials, is part of a day-long effort on the guns issue. The group is sponsoring 100 events in 80 Congressional districts to generate support for the major gun control proposals being pushed by the White House. The events range from press conferences to candlelight vigils to petition drives for members of Congress.

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The print ads go after 13 members of Congress, including two senators: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Susan Collins of Maine. Among the House members on the list are Reps. Daniel Webster and Bill Young of Florida, Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, Rep. Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania, and Reps. Buck McKeon and Jeff Denham in California.

An OFA official tells CNN the ad campaign will cost nearly six figures.

OFA’s efforts are the latest by gun control proponents, including a new group formed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The groups were formed partly to combat the influence and power of the National Rifle Association, which launched its own new ad campaign this week aimed at building opposition to the sweeping new gun control proposals.

Organizing for Action, which cannot coordinate its activities with the White House, was formed a month ago to try to harness the power and list of supporters from the re-election campaign into a powerful advocacy tool to help support the president’s legislative priorities. So far OFA has sent email solicitations regarding the gun initiatives, immigration reform and the forced spending cuts set to take effect in one week.

CNN’s Lindsey McNabb contributed to this story.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    The NRA is the military arm of the GOP.


    February 22, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. carlos

    and also, bankrupt the n r a ......that would be really sweet. as for its members: no gun.....no manhood....pathetic.

    February 22, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Tundra_Yet_Again

    Keep spending your money and going out there trying to make those changes. Good luck to ya, I'll be sitting here going on with my life, waiting in case you want to come to the door and take my firearms, let me know KK? In case you didn't realize Occupy Wall Street had a higher chance of success (much much higher)

    February 22, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    So ... tell us again, GOPers. How is that "community organizing" thingy working out for you all?

    February 22, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. SuperD

    Obama stands no chance on gun control, not going to happen. NRA is way too powerful for him and a good thing it is, it's keeps the Dictator wannabe a wannabe.

    More manufactured crisis from Obama. Hey Obama want to talk about a real issue? How about getting behind your teleprompter and talk about Black on Black gun crime? There you would actually be doing a service to the country. But I doubt it because is too PC to do that now isn't it?

    February 22, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. J Russ

    if ya want gun control change the constitution, that's the way it's supposed to be done

    February 22, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. v_mag

    I've checked this out, and it appears to be true. David Michael Keene, son of NRA president David Keene, went to jail for 10 years in 2003 for a road rage shooting incident in D.C. The son has mental health problems, but the father thought nothing of giving him free access to loaded weapons, one of which he used to shoot at a car on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. That's the guy who is telling us to solve murder weapons problems by throwing more gasoline on the fire.

    February 22, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Bob

    Many of these people don't even know the reason for the 2nd admendment. Even Obama (Suposidly a constintutional expert and Biden) The 2nd admendment was written so the American people could protect themselves from the government. But Obama and the Dems failed to mention that little fact, as usual

    February 22, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. v_mag

    And besides his son being convicted of weapons charges, in June, 2011, Keene Sr.’s ex-wife, Diana Hubbard Carr, pleaded guilty to embezzling $120,000 to $400,000 from the ACU while she served as its administrative director.

    Nice family. Nothing wrong with them having a horde of weapons and ammo. I'll bet their neighbors feel really secure.

    February 22, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Thomas Jefferson

    "The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it"

    February 22, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Thomas Jefferson

    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"

    February 22, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    If liberals were smart, they wouldn't start "keeping score" and giving lawmakers grades based upon their voting records. I would let the conservatives continuing serving in that role. Why spend time and money duplicating their efforts? Besides, liberals should leave all of the 'thought police' nonsense to the conservatives anyway.

    February 22, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Thomas Jefferson

    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first

    February 22, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Thomas Jefferson never wrote:

    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"
    That's the problem in a nutshell right there. Many 2nd Amendment people do not understand why it reads the way it does. They would much rather focus on the last four words, and ignore everything else, up to and including recent SCOTUS decisions affirming the right to bear arms.

    They do not understand that the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and other amendments were written in response to a SOTU by Pres. Washington, where he requested that lawmakers legislate a process to create a national army, which he described in his own words as a "well regulated militia." The phrase "well regulated" in the speech's context means law abiding and well trained.

    They wanted to create an army of citizen volunteers, not hired mercenaries raiding homes as they pleased.

    February 22, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. paofpa


    The USSR “Defense” its way out of existence. It could keep up with us, thank Ronald for that. He also inflated a good chuck of our debt away. But look hard at History, and look at Today. He laid the foundation to our current problems.

    February 22, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. KiddSS

    Gun Control is a Sharp Eye and a Steady Hand.

    February 22, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. MaryM

    NRAs only purpose is to sell guns for the gun manufacturers and they dont care who buys those guns.
    Gangsters, foreing governments, criminals .

    February 22, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. MaryM

    correction. foreign governments

    February 22, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. PJ

    "The 2nd Amendment was written so the American people could protect themselves from the government"
    That is old news.
    The latest "reason" comes from Looney Louie Gohmert, TX who said we "need guns to protect the Nation from
    Sharia Law". He even quoted "someone" who said they need at least 50 rounds to take down a
    So, now drones and Sharia Law are at the top of the list, and sadly, many will agree. Any excuse to
    horde weapons and ammo will do.

    February 22, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |