Washington, D.C., February 7, 2020 - Today Brady endorsed Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) in her campaign for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. Brady is proud to endorse Rep. Mucarsel-Powell during “Gun Violence Survivors Week,” the week dedicated to recognizing the survivors of gun violence and the scope of the gun violence epidemic in the United States.
Brady President Kris Brown stated:
“Rep. Mucarsel-Powell is a vital partner in the effort to prevent gun violence and enact comprehensive federal policies to help stop the gun violence epidemic. Her common-sense approach and leadership are essential to ensuring that we continue to push for these needed solutions. As a Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a survivor of gun violence herself, her voice and leadership are invaluable to the gun violence prevention movement. We need her resolve and clear vision on behalf of Floridians and of all Americans. It’s why Brady is proud to endorse Rep. Mucarsel-Powell for re-election. We need her in Congress.”
Already making history as the first Ecuadorian-American and first South American immigrant Member of Congress, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell has proven her dedication to addressing the gun violence epidemic in the United States, even becoming a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force before she was sworn into Congress. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Mucarsel-Powell was instrumental in advancing both H.R.8 and H.R.1112, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in February 2019. These bipartisan bills have yet to receive a vote in the Senate, over 300 days later.
Rep. Mucarsel-Powell shared:
“I want to thank Brady for this important endorsement. It seems like every day we are grieving another senseless act of gun violence in this country. As a gun violence survivor myself, not a day goes by when I don’t think of my father and what a wonderful grandfather he would have been to my children if he had not lost his life to gun violence. On this Gun Violence Survivors Week, my colleagues and I are bringing attention to the difficulties that survivors, and communities experience in the aftermath of gun violence trauma. With the support of groups like Brady, I will keep fighting until President Trump works with Congress to enact sensible gun safety measures that are supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans. Meanwhile, I am working to introduce legislation to ease the burden on gun violence survivors by providing them with resources to cope with the trauma of losing a loved one."
Given the urgent need for federal action to reform our nation’s gun laws and to reduce gun violence, Brady will continue to issue endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and state and local offices ahead of the 2020 elections.
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.