NEWS: Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Retired NASA Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC Endorse Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC (ARS PAC) – the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly – has endorsed businesswoman and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District.

Citing her support for a broad set of responsible gun violence prevention policies that help keep guns out of the wrong hands and protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, ARS PAC declared Murphy a “Champion for the Vocal Majority.”

“We are proud to support Stephanie Murphy, a leader who is committed standing up to the Washington gun lobby in Congress and standing up for bipartisan change that will help prevent gun tragedies,” said Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. “Stephanie knows that with rights comes responsibility, and that we can do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans. In Congress, Stephanie will be a champion for the vocal majority of Floridians who are calling on their leaders to do more to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.”

Giffords will also join Murphy and a number of community leaders, gun violence survivors, and local advocates on Tuesday, Sept. 27 to launch Americans for Responsible Solutions’ 2016 Vocal Majority Tour. The tour will be a 13-state, 40-day national tour to encourage the Vocal Majority of Americans who support commonsense change that saves lives from gun violence to stand up and speak out this November.

2016 Vocal Majority Tour Kickoff
Tuesday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S. Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Please click here to RSVP to attend

“I am so incredibly honored to accept this endorsement from Congresswoman Giffords, Captain Kelly and ARS PAC and to welcome them to Orlando on Tuesday,” said Murphy. “No community should ever go through what happened in Tucson or what we went through here in Orlando. It’s time to get serious about gun violence, but for too long Congress has listened to the gun lobby instead of using common sense. We should protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners, but we should also protect our communities by passing commonsense gun laws, such as preventing suspected terrorists from buying guns and requiring comprehensive background checks on all gun sales.”

Murphy criticized her opponent, Congressman John Mica, for his abysmal record on gun laws and for failing to act in the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history. In fact, news reports have revealed that Mica accepted a $1,000 contribution from the gun lobby just two days after the Pulse shooting.

“I continue to be dismayed and outraged that Congressman John Mica accepted a campaign contribution from the gun lobby only two days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre,” said Murphy. “This offensive contribution is exactly what is wrong with Washington – and explains why Congressman Mica continues to oppose and vote against commonsense, bipartisan gun laws despite representing an area that is home to the largest mass shooting in American history.”

Mica accepted a $1,000 check from the National Rifle Association two days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. [Florida Politics, 8/22/16]


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