2020 Elections: GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION REMAINS A WINNING ISSUE
ELECTED OFFICIALS ONCE AVOIDED THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER.
Make no mistake, President-elect Joe Biden broke the record for the most votes for a presidential candidate in U.S. history because the American people have had enough of Donald Trump's lethal failure to protect our safety. More than 90% of Americans want stronger gun laws, like expanding Brady Background Checks to all gun sales, yet Trump has only pandered to the gun lobby, refusing to listen to the will of the people and take up common-sense gun reform.
Now, with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris heading to the White House, it's time to meaningfully address America's gun violence epidemic.
.@bradybuzz was proud to be the first gun violence prevention organization to endorse @JoeBiden. We worked with Biden to pass the landmark Brady Bill and a federal assault weapons ban. We are ready to get to work to save lives with a #BidenHarris administration! #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/1re9T1kuPv— Kris Brown | President, bradyunited.org (@KrisB_Brown) November 7, 2020
We’ve spent decades building this success, which has culminated in what will be the most ambitious gun safety administration yet.
This Election Day, we also protected our hard-won gun violence prevention majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. This victory builds upon our historic gains in the 2018 midterm elections, when 87% of Brady Campaign-endorsed candidates won, flipping the U.S. House of Representatives to a gun violence prevention majority. And those newly elected gun violence prevention champions delivered immediately, passing the first major gun violence prevention legislation through the House since we led the fight to pass the Brady Bill in 1993.
We built upon these historic victories again in 2019. In statewide races across Virginia, Virginians voted for Brady Campaign-endorsed candidates who ran and won on gun violence prevention platforms. In fact, more than 75% of Brady Campaign-endorsed candidates won their election. Because of our organizing alongside local and national partners, community organizations, and advocates and survivors, for the first time in a generation, the Virginia General Assembly is home to a gun violence prevention majority. They took immediate action, passing 10 lifesaving gun violence prevention laws this year, proving elections matter.
With a Biden-Harris administration, we are more poised than ever to pass lifesaving gun violence prevention legislation that has languished because of gun lobby allies in the U.S. Senate.
We at Brady already have a long record of working beside President-elect Joe Biden to pass landmark laws that will prevent violence and save lives. Then-Senator Biden worked with Jim and Sarah Brady in the fight to pass the Brady Bill which established the nation’s background check system. Brady also led the fight alongside President-elect Biden to pass the first federal ban on assault weapons. It’s why we were the first national gun violence prevention organization to endorse Joe Biden: We know Joe, and Joe knows us.