Nation’s oldest and boldest gun violence prevention organization endorses gun safety champions for U.S. Senate races in Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New Mexico
Washington, D.C., September 12, 2019 — Following the recent endorsement of Mark Kelly for U.S. Senate, the gun violence prevention organization Brady is proud to expand its Senate endorsements to gun safety champions Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM).
- Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) believes that we can put an end to our country’s epidemic of gun violence and also respects the Second Amendment. As an angler and hunter, Sen. Smith supports common-sense bills to ensure guns are kept away from those who intend to cause harm. Sen. Smith has worked with Sen. Amy Klobuchar to close the deadly “boyfriend loophole” and ban people convicted of stalking from having firearms, and she’s met with survivors of the Parkland school shooting and Minnesota students.
- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has consistently supported common-sense gun safety legislation aimed at preventing gun violence and ensuring guns stay out of the hands of dangerous individuals, including criminals, terrorists, or those who present a risk to our society. Sen. Shaheen is an active cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, the Background Check Expansion Act, the Fix NICS Act of 2017, and the Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act. As the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Sen. Shaheen oversees several accounts that are critical to preventing gun violence, including the Department of Justice, ATF, and the FBI.
- Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) understands the moral obligation to end the senseless gun violence that makes Americans feel unsafe in our schools, our communities, and in our places of worship. Rep Luján has a strong record of supporting common-sense gun reform, having voted to pass universal background checks and close the deadly “Charleston loophole.” He believes that as our country wakes up to near-daily news of gun violence and mass shootings, the time is now to elect leaders ready to fight for comprehensive gun safety reforms.
Kris Brown, President of Brady, said the following:
“While we have seen broad legislative action to end gun violence by our leaders in the House of Representatives, lifesaving legislation continues to die in the Senate. When these three gun safety champions are elected to the Senate, that lethal inaction will no longer be an option. Sen. Smith, Sen. Shaheen, and Rep. Luján will fight for common-sense gun reforms that are supported by the majority of Americans. Their voices and votes will move the Senate towards a safer America.”
This latest slate of endorsements brings Brady to a total of 34 endorsed gun violence prevention champions, including 30 candidates for Virginia’s General Assembly. Amid recent high-profile mass shootings, more and more candidates are expressing commitments to represent American voters by fighting to pass gun reform. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll shows that Democrats, Republicans, gun owners, and non-gun owners alike want gun safety legislation to be passed to curb gun violence.
Further endorsements will be announced in the weeks to come.
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.