19 Apr CITING THE VIETNAM WAR, MIKE FEUER URGES MAJOR NETWORKS TO REPORT DAILY GUN VIOLENCE CASUALTIES HERE AT HOME
Feuer believes a daily update on nightly news broadcasts will galvanize public opinion and spur change
LOS ANGELES— Today, Mike Feuer, the leading Democratic candidate to replace Adam Schiff in CA-30, issued a letter to the heads of the major networks urging them to provide a daily report of casualties from Gun Violence in America on nightly newscasts, just like they did during the War in Vietnam in the 1960s.
With gun violence and mass shootings raging across our country, Feuer believes such a daily tally of killed and wounded in what amounts to a war here at home will galvanize public opinion and provide “a catalyst for meaningful action.”
Below is the complete text of the Feuer Letter:
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Dear Network Executive:
With a gun violence epidemic ripping our nation apart and too little being done to confront it, I write to urge your network to provide a daily update of the year’s gun violence deaths in each nightly news broadcast. Drawing attention each day to the toll gun violence takes in our nation could be a catalyst for meaningful action.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, more than 12,000 Americans have died from gun violence this year alone. That’s 115 people per day. Nearly 400 of these victims were children or teens. In the face of this crisis, students wonder if they will be next. Congress accomplishes next to nothing. State legislators are expelled for daring to demand an effective response.
There is precedent for my proposal. During the Vietnam War, every night, national news networks noted the number of soldiers who perished or were wounded. This information helped galvanize the American people and their elected representatives to act.
By providing this objective information, your network can call attention to a public health and safety emergency about which more must be done.
I look forward to your prompt reply.
Co-founder and Former Co-Chair, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence*
Former Los Angeles City Attorney
Former Majority Policy Leader, California State Assembly
Former Los Angeles City Council member
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As Co-founder and Former Co-Chair of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence*, Mike Feuer is a nationally recognized leader in the effort to prevent gun violence across America, and his extensive record of achievement as a public servant is unmatched among his competitors in the race for Congress. A staunch defender of democracy, Mike wrote California’s Same-Day Voter Registration Law in response to voter suppression efforts. He has also fought to protect marginalized communities by challenging Trump Administration efforts to undermine the Census and DACA and make the LAPD complicit in civil immigration enforcement.
Feuer’s other notable achievements include his work to confront the climate crisis, expand access to healthcare, protect consumers, and stand up for women’s reproductive rights. He has led landmark litigation against Wells Fargo, written key laws to advance environmental protection, and enforced the FACT Act to require crisis pregnancy centers to inform patients of their full reproductive options. Feuer has also been a vocal advocate for seniors and the LGBTQ community, fighting for marriage equality and targeting anti-LGBTQ hate and discrimination.