WASHINGTON – The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced today its endorsement of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Hassan is running against, and outpolling, incumbent Kelly Ayotte.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Brady Campaign as we work to improve gun safety and prevent mass shootings and daily gun violence from becoming the new normal,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “In the Senate, I will fight for common sense gun safety reforms like expanding background checks to all gun sales and making sure that known and suspected terrorists aren’t able to buy guns and explosives. I thank the Brady Campaign for the important work they have been doing on this issue for the past forty years and for their support in this election.”
Governor Hassan has been a leader in the movement to reduce the gun violence that takes 90 American lives every day. As Governor of New Hampshire, she stood with members of law enforcement by vetoing a measure that would have allowed just about anyone to carry a loaded, hidden gun without even having a license. If elected to the Senate, Governor Hassan has committed to expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales and keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said, “I’m so proud to endorse Governor Hassan for Senate. For Granite Staters who want a safer state and country, this decision isn’t even close. Only one candidate will finish the job and expand Brady background checks to keep guns out of dangerous hands while still protecting Second Amendment rights. With a Senator Hassan, voters will have the confidence of knowing she would actually represent New Hampshire, not the multibillion-dollar gun industry. Maggie Hassan is the ally New Hampshire needs, and every American deserves, in Congress.
“Meanwhile, Governor Hassan’s opponent has proven herself out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Granite Staters. Kelly Ayotte has repeatedly helped defeat the expanded Brady background checks, supported by 89% of New Hampshire voters, that would keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, felons, domestic abusers, and people with dangerous mental illnesses. As senator, Ayotte reliably panders to the most evil special interest of all at the expense of American lives.
“Not Sandy Hook, nor Orlando, nor the nearly 198,000 Americans who have been shot and killed during her term have been enough for Senator Ayotte to do the right thing. According to the latest polls, Granite Staters have had #Enough of that kind of politics. And unlike Senator Ayotte, they know a man who jokes about gun violence, and tries to incite it, is a role model to no American.”
Time and again Kelly Ayotte has repaid her debt to the NRA by voting against legislation to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, felons, domestic abusers, and those with dangerous mental illnesses. After each of the shootings in Newtown and Orlando, Senator Ayotte voted down every effort to disarm hate and expand Brady background checks.
89% of New Hampshire citizens, including 81% of New Hampshire Republicans, support expanding background checks to all gun sales.
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.
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.