CeaseFirePA Calls on NRA to Disavow Board Member Charles Cotton

June 19, 2015, Philadelphia – As this time of national mourning, CeaseFirePA also calls upon the National Rifle Association’s leadership to disavow Board Member Charles Cotton for his disgraceful statements in the wake of the tragedy in Charleston, SC.  In statements across social media, Cotton blames Senator and Reverend Clementa Pinckney for this tragedy.

Statement by NRA Board Member Charles Cotton:

[Rev. Pinckney] voted against concealed-carry. Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”

The gun lobby’s typical playbook in such times of tragedy is to distract from the real issues and call for more guns as the solution.  Cotton’s statement ranges far beyond even this unacceptable rhetoric.  This is outside the realm of decency, and the NRA should disavow his comments and remove him from the Board of Directors.

Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA, urged, “Every thinking person, including political officials — regardless of how they think or vote on gun safety measures — should be aghast than an NRA Board member placed the blame for these murders on one of the victims who served as a pastor and legislator.  It casts a terrible shadow on political debate in this country, and CeaseFirePA hopes Pennsylvania leaders will stand up for decency and call out this shameful conduct.”