Washington, D.C., September 1, 2020 - Today the Brady Campaign endorsed Senator Mark Warner in his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
Brady Campaign President Kris Brown shared:
“As a Virginian, I have witnessed Mark Warner become a true gun violence prevention champion in the U.S. Senate. In the 116th Congress, Sen. Warner’s stated opposition to the gun lobby’s priority legislation, Federally Mandated Concealed Carry Reciprocity, stopped that dangerous legislation in its tracks. Senator Warner’s evolution into the gun violence prevention champion he is today is a shining example of what we call on leaders to do every day, to represent and protect their constituents, and to stand up against a gun lobby who puts profits over people. From cosponsoring a federal ban on manufacturing and importing assault weapons to backing federal support for states with extreme risk protection order laws, Sen. Warner has shown that he is unafraid to take action and, just as importantly, he has demonstrated time and again that he will listen and respond to the needs of Virginians and all Americans. Just this summer, Sen. Warner and Sen. Tim Kaine introduced legislation that would emulate life-saving policies enacted in the Commonwealth of Virginia this year at a national level.
I am proud to have Mark Warner as my Senator and Brady is proud to endorse Sen. Mark Warner for re-election to the U.S. Senate.”
Sen. Warner shared:
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Brady Campaign. Americans of all backgrounds can and should refuse to accept periodic mass shootings as the new normal, and our country’s leaders owe it to the victims and families across the Commonwealth to finally take action. I am committed to being part of the solution.”
Sen. Warner has made it a priority to champion and defend lifesaving gun gun violence prevention legislation, and was a vital voice in the 116th Congress. In 2017, his opposition of a gun lobby priority to mandate reciprocity of concealed carry permits, highlighted meaningful progress for the gun violence prevention movement. In his statement he said, "I've listened to Virginians whose families have been torn apart by gun violence. Enough is enough. This tragic violence has to end.” From his support of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to expand background checks after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, to being one of only 40 Senators to introduce a bill to expand background checks in 2019, and even cosponsoring the Assault Weapon Ban of 2019, Sen. Warner has shown that he will courageously act to improve our nation’s gun safety laws. He has shown that he understands that America’s gun violence epidemic is complex and therefore requires comprehensive solutions such as those included in his bill with Sen. Tim Kaine. Sen. Warner is a leader. We need his voice in the U.S. Senate.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.