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Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid

Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid
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A major gun control organization on Tuesday endorsed Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly (D), whose wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), retired from Congress after she was shot in the head in 2011.

The organization Brady, formerly known as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, endorsed Kelly as one of several “leaders who will help solve our gun violence epidemic.”

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“As a survivor of gun violence, it's hard to express how meaningful it will be to add a voice to the Senate who has seen firsthand what the cost of congressional inaction looks like,” Christian Hayne, Brady's vice president of policy, said. “When elected, Mark Kelly will honorably serve Arizonans, putting their safety and the safety of the American people first.”

Kelly and Giffords have both been advocates for stronger gun reform measures since the shooting and “share a core belief that common-sense gun laws can save lives without infringing on the Second Amendment,” Brady said in the statement.

The statement also criticized incumbent Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGabby Giffords congratulates Mark Kelly with throwback photo of her own swearing-in Mark Kelly sworn in to Senate seat Sen.-elect Mark Kelly visits John McCain's grave ahead of swearing-in MORE (R-Ariz.), who will be up running for her seat in 2020, for working to “advance the priorities of the gun industry,” saying that during her tenure in the House she co-sponsored a bill allowing “virtually anyone” to carry a concealed firearm.

McSally was appointed to the Senate seat that belonged to the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainChoking — not cheating — was Trump's undoing Gabby Giffords congratulates Mark Kelly with throwback photo of her own swearing-in McConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return MORE (R-Ariz.) after former Sen. Jon Kyl (R) vacated the seat he held briefly after McCain died.

McSally lost to now-Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in 2018 after former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden eyeing Cindy McCain for UK ambassador position: report Profiles in cowardice: Trump's Senate enablers McSally concedes Arizona Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.) retired.

The organization also blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Nearly one-third of US adults expect to lose employment income: Census Bureau MORE (R-Ky.) for what it calls his inaction on gun reform in the wake of mass shootings in Gilroy, Calif.; Dayton, Ohio; and El Paso, Texas. Numerous Democrats have called on McConnell to call the Senate back into session to vote on a background check measure that has passed the House.

“Now more than ever, Americans need leaders like Mark Kelly to have a seat in the Senate to fight to keep our communities safe,” the statement reads. “Brady looks forward to working alongside Kelly to bring an end to congressional inaction and restore the American way of life where no one lives in fear of being shot.”