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The Brady Campaign Helped “Designated Survivor” Create Gun Control Message

April 18, 2017

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is taking credit for the gun control language used in the April 5 episode of ABC’s Designated Survivor. According to Breitbart News, the Brady campaign as well as other gun control groups are working with the directors and/or writers of various television programs and movies in an attempt to get their gun control message to the public.

Brady Campaign spokesman Brendan Kelly recently told the Washington Free Beacon:

Our president, Dan Gross, presented to members of their team a while back before the season began about representing gun violence on screen and spent time educating them on the issue. It was part of that larger effort I alluded to in [a recent email to Brady supporters] to work with content producers and creators to highlight the issue of gun violence in America and the sensible solutions at our disposal.

In an episode of Designated Survivor from April 5, Keifer Sutherland’s character said:

I believe that the American people have every right to buy and own guns by virtue of the Second Amendment. I would also like to take a moment to quash the myth that somehow gun control is equal to the Federal Government coming into your home and taking your weapons away. Nobody is advocating for that. We need to be doing everything we can to stop guns from falling into the hands of prior felons, people dealing with serious mental-health issues, people on terrorist watch lists. I mean, come on. We need to be using common sense. It’s as simple as that.

During season four of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety was able to push the gun control message and the Brady Campaign facilitated an episode of The Good Wife pushing the same message.