FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2017
Brady-Endorsed Candidates Win Upsets Running on Gun Violence Prevention Platform
According to exit polls, gun violence prevention was one of the most important issues for voters in a closely watched election in Virginia, where Brady-endorsed candidate Ralph Northam soundly defeated his NRA-backed opponent in the Gubernatorial race. Brady-backed candidate Chris Hurst, a staunch gun violence prevention advocate, was elected delegate in a rural VA district, undoubtedly because voters sided with him on the issue guns. Delegate-elect Hurst lost his fiancée, Alison Parker, to a gunman who shot and killed her and a cameraman on live television. In New Jersey, Brady-endorsed Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy won on a strong GVP platform, succeeding in his race for governor. In addition, five out of six Brady-backed candidates in the New Jersey legislature also won their elections. In total, eight Brady-backed candidates won their important races.
In response to the elections, Kris Brown, co-President of Brady said, "The people have spoken and they have said #ENOUGH! This record upset victory by Brady-endorsed candidates is a referendum on how we approach and prioritize gun violence prevention in America. NRA-backed candidates and elected officials, including President Trump, should take heed: if you make protecting the NRA a priority over protecting the safety of the American people, it is time to look for another job."
The election of these gun violence prevention candidates comes on the heels of two of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation's history, both of which raised important questions about sensible gun laws that save lives. In Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured, the shooter used an accessory called a “bump stock” to circumvent the law and turn a semi-automatic weapon into the functional equivalent of a machine gun. Just this week in Texas, a man, who due to his violent criminal history, was barred under federal law from owning and purchasing guns had at least three firearms, one of which he used to kill 26 people in a rural church.
According to Brady co-President Avery Gardiner, "Strong state laws and policies save lives. We look forward to working with the new leaders in Virginia and New Jersey on common-sense solutions that will reduce gun violence. Congratulations to these great candidates. Let’s get to work!"
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.