July 2018: Major Gun Reform Advocacy Groups…

July 2018: Major Gun Reform Advocacy Groups…

Major Gun Reform Advocacy Groups Make Candidate Endorsements

The activities around the Club supporting the “March for Our Lives” on the heels of the Parkland High School students’ activist movement for stronger gun policies gave us all a much-needed injection of new-found optimism and enthusiasm. While the student movement continues its momentum by way of registering young voters, I have struggled to identify concrete ways the task force could affect real change beyond demanding more social responsibility from investment managers, businesses, and corporations. A task force briefing in April by the Legislative Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence dashed our hopes for any meaningful legislation from this Congress, so the only real chance we have in this regard is to change the makeup of Congress. As we were told at that briefing, there is a “cultural shift” regarding the NRA and a demonstrated shift toward gun safety as a top electable issue. Giffords PAC recently revealed polling data showing that “candidates who stand for gun safety get a 7-point boost over opponents who side with the gun lobby.”

Citizens need and frankly deserve representatives in the House and Senate who are committed to end gun violence, and that will happen ONLY if we are knowledgeable about which candidates these are and give them the support they need. The following is a list of federal candidates recently endorsed by leading gun reform advocacy groups:

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

US House:
Rep. Ami Bera (CA-7)
Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
Linda Coleman (NC-2). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep George Holding
Angie Craig (MN-2). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep Jason Lewis.  (Note:  2 other Democratic primary contenders to vie for nomination on Aug. 14th.)
Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (TX-7). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. John Culberson.
Katie Hill (CA-25). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Steve Knight
Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6). Challenging Republican Greg McCauley in newly-redrawn congressional district
Joseph Kopser (TX-21). Challenging Republican candidate Chip Roy for open seat vacated by retirement of Republican Rep. Lamar Smith
Lucy McBath (GA-6). In Democratic primary runoff with Kevin Abel to challenge Republican incumbent Rep Karen Handel
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (Fl-7)
Betsy Rader (OH-14). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. David Joyce
George Scott (PA-10). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Scott Perry in newly-redrawn congressional district.
Abigail Spanberger (VA-7). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Brat
Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock

US Senate:
Sen. Tim Kaine (VA)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Sen. Chris Murphy (CT)
Sen. Bill Nelson (FL)
Beto O’Rourke (TX). Challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz


Brady Campaign

US House:
Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA-2)
Brian Caforio (CA-25). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Steve Knight.
Gil Cisneros (CA-39). Challenging Republican candidate Young Kim in open seat vacated by Republican Rep. Ed Royce.
Will Cunningham (NJ-2). Challenging Republican candidate Seth Grossman in open seat vacated by Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7)
Josh Harder (CA-10). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham
Andy Kim (NJ-3). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Tom MacArthur.
Joseph Kopser (TX-21). Challenging Republican candidate Chip Roy for open seat vacated by retirement of Republican Rep. Lamar Smith
Susie Lee (NV-3). Challenging Republican Danny Tarkanian in open seat vacated by Dem. Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is running for US Senate.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7)
Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)
Katie Porter (CA-45). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters.
Harley Rouda (CA-48). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11). Challenging Republican Jay Webber in open seat cvacated by retiring Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.

US Senate
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Sen. Tim Kaine (VA)
Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX)
Rep. Jacky Rosen (NV)


Giffords PAC

Gabby Giffords’ 501c(4) and the Giffords PAC have endorsed 34 candidates, many of the same candidates as the CSGV and the Brady Campaign (Feinstein, Houlahan, Sherrill, Lee, Cisneros, Craig, Rosen, and Brown). To see all endorsements in a tidy package, visit www.giffords.org/endorsements.


(Quote from the Brady Campaign)
“The intensity of pro-gun violence prevention voters has never been stronger. If you stand with the overwhelming majority of voters for common-sense gun reform, you will be rewarded at the ballot box. If you stand with the NRA and the gun lobby, you will be looking for a new job.”

–Shelly Livingston, Acting Chair, Task Force to Prevent Gun Violence