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 McSally The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation McSally knocks Arizona GOP official's call for supporters to stop Mark Kelly 'dead in his tracks' Top Arizona GOP official asks supporters to help stop 'gun grabber' Mark Kelly 'dead in his tracks' 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 McCain The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR 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 FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (R-Ariz.) retired.

The organization also blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US New York Times authors blame Kavanaugh correction on editing error: 'There was zero intent to mislead' The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? 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.”