“How To Get Away With Murder” Producer Launches Campaign To Elect Pro Gun Control Candidates
“How To Get Away With Murder” executive producer Bill D’Elia has launched a campaign in an effort to raise money to get pro gun control candidates elected.
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The executive producer launched “Make Us Safer” a campaign whose goal is to defeat the NRA by raising money for Congressional candidates who support more restrictions on the Second Amendment.
The campaign doesn’t collect any money, but they urge people to donate money to candidates that are in favor of “sensible gun laws” and have not taken NRA or Corporate Gun Lobby money.
D’Elia said that he considered incorporating themes about the “gun issue” in the 1990’s, but after gun control advocate Jim Brady gave him a phone call, he wanted to do more.
“I asked the writers on Chicago Hope to focus on (the gun issue) and we created a story arc where the son of one of our doctors discovers a gun in his house and accidentally shoots his friend,” said D’Elia on the Make Us Safer website. “After the show aired I received a call from Jim Brady, who thanked me. And I began a pursuit to help change the gun laws in this country.”
D’Elia said that he wants his efforts to influence the upcoming election so that national change can be made as opposed to local change.
“Why don’t we look at those races nationwide, and donate our money to influence the elections that will eventually lead to real change on the gun issue?” he wrote.
D’Elia launched MakeUsSafer.org to “[connect] voters and prospective donors directly to the campaign websites” of candidates that are in favor of gun control.
“What’s great about Make Us Safer is it allows any American, regardless of what state they live in, to support candidates across the country who really are looking out for our safety.” D’Elia said.