Aurora, Colorado, October 23, 2019 — Brady, formerly Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, is pleased to endorse gun violence prevention champion Omar Montgomery for Mayor of Aurora, CO. The endorsement follows a historic 2018 midterm election, where Brady endorsed gun violence champion Jason Crow (CO-6) who defeated NRA-backed incumbent Mike Coffman. Coffman is now running against Montgomery in the race for Aurora Mayor.
Montgomery, in contrast to Coffman, has been a long-standing advocate for gun violence prevention, working with community partners to address gun violence through the use of comprehensive solutions. As a survivor himself, Montgomery understands the urgency of implementing preventative measures, including passing legislation and strengthening community-based programs. Montgomery shares Brady’s mission of bringing people together to find common ground in common-sense solutions, something he is well practiced in through his work as the former President of the Aurora NAACP.
Brady President Kris Brown stated,
“We are so proud to endorse long-standing gun safety advocate Omar Montgomery for Mayor of Aurora. His dedication to the issue of gun violence prevention and his leadership in the Aurora community will help save lives. After the devastating shooting at an Aurora movie theater in 2012, we asked former Rep. Mike Coffman to do the right thing and join us by taking action to end gun violence. Coffman refused. His inability to take action and not sides was evident to Colorado residents, as they voted him out of office and elected Rep.Jason Crow in 2018. Coffman is now running again, this time for Mayor of Aurora. We know not only that Coffman is wrong for Colorado, but that Omar Montgomery is right and we look forward to working alongside him to create the safer community that Aurora deserves.”
Omar Montgomery stated,
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Brady. Their work has long led the movement to protect our communities from gun violence, including efforts to ensure a strong background check system, stop illegal gun ownership, and implement common-sense gun violence prevention strategies. As Aurora's mayor, I will work with our communities, regional partners, state leaders, and national leaders on best policies for reducing gun violence, including suicide. Together, we can make all communities safer.”
This election cycle, Brady is focused on endorsing candidates who are committed to preventing gun violence throughout local, statewide and federal races. A major focal point is on whether candidates support Brady’s legislative priorities, like expanding Brady background checks, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and passing extreme risk laws, including locally-rooted initiatives, like combating crime guns. A recent Fox News poll found that the overwhelming majority of Americans support these policies, including 90% in support of background checks and 81% in support of extreme risk laws.
Earlier this month, Brady expanded endorsements to eight gun violence prevention champions for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. This latest slate of endorsements brings Brady to a total of nearly 70 gun violence prevention champions.
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.