FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30th, 2020
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Statement On The NRA’s Lawsuit Against The Safety Of Orange County Families
Orange County, Calif. — TODAY, UC Irvine Law Professor Dave Min, who is running in California’s State Senate District 37, issued the following statement on the NRA’s lawsuit seeking to classify gun stores and other gun-related businesses as “essential” in order to keep them open during the duration of California’s “Stay-At-Home” order.
“Let me be clear. Gun stores are not essential businesses, and there is no reason to keep them open and further spread the COVID-19 virus right now. Only the National Rifle Association, which has repeatedly blocked efforts to research solutions to gun violence and has consistently pushed forward a profoundly stupid anti-science and anti-data approach, would try to claim otherwise. The NRA is apparently not satisfied with its role in aiding and abetting tens of thousands of gun deaths each year, but wants to be responsible for killing thousands more Californians by making the COVID-19 pandemic worse.
“We need to restore science, data, and common sense to our government. While my opponent has been a lapdog for the gun lobby and a proponent of radically anti-science positions like eliminating vaccination requirements, Orange County deserves better.”
Professor Min, who has been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence as well as hundreds of local scientists and medical professionals, is running against the incumbent State Senator, career politician and Trump supporter John Moorlach. Sen. Moorlach has received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and has been one of the country’s staunchest supporters of the “Anti-Vax” movement, going so far as to equate vaccination requirements with “totalitarianism.”
David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest. He is a leading expert on banking and housing policy.
California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park and is ranked by political handicappers as a “toss up.” The incumbent career politician John Moorlach, an unwavering Trump supporter and anti-vaccination proponent, was soundly rejected by a majority of voters in the March 3, 2020 primary election.