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 McSallyLoeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Overnight Health Care: Officials confirm 34 total coronavirus cases in US | ObamaCare favorability hits highest level in poll | McSally unveils bill to lower drug prices amid tough campaign 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 McCainMeghan McCain says Steyer should drop out: 'I hate that guy' Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman 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 Flake70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents McSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad McSally launches 2020 campaign MORE (R-Ariz.) retired.

The organization also blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders 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.”