Murphy Criticizes Republican Opponents for Opposing Gun Safety Legislation
ORLANDO – Today, two leading national gun safety organizations have endorsed Stephanie Murphy for Congress citing her results as a leading gun safety champion in Congress. In her first term, Murphy successfully led the bipartisan effort to effectively repeal the Dickey Amendment, which for 22 years had prohibited the federal government from funding gun violence research. She also helped lead the effort to finally appropriate funds to study gun violence and identify solutions to help reduce gun violence. This Congress, Murphy, who is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, helped introduce an assault weapons ban and voted to pass historic gun safety legislation in the House, including universal background checks and closing the Charleston loophole.
“I’m continually inspired by Gabby Giffords and honored to have her support along with Brady PAC who has long fought against the corporate gun lobby to pass commonsense gun safety legislation. I’m proud to stand with them in this fight,” said Murphy. “We can protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights and make our communities safer from the epidemic of gun violence. Unfortunately, my opponents, in their race to embrace President Trump’s divisive policies, have refused to support gun safety legislation, such as universal background checks and closing the gun show loophole. Central Floridians deserve better.”
Giffords is an advocacy and research organization focused on promoting gun control and co-founded by Gabby Giffords, a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Stephanie has had the courage and vision to achieve gun safety victories in Congress that many thought impossible,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords. “She is persistent in her bold fight on behalf of her constituents, and all Americans, who demand action. There’s more work to be done, and we need to send Stephanie back to Congress to finish the job. This November, she needs our support to create lasting change that will free our country from gun violence.”
Brady PAC backs candidates running for state and federal office who support universal background checks, re-enacting the assault weapons ban, extreme risk protection orders, and enacting other common-sense gun violence prevention laws that will make our homes, schools, and communities safer.
“After the massacre at Pulse Nightclub, Stephanie Murphy stepped up to run for Congress on the promise to fight for her constituents and not for special interests. In just the few years she has represented Florida’s 7th District, she has delivered: fighting to fund gun violence research, fix the Charleston loophole, protect women from violent abusers, and passing universal background checks,” said Brian Lemek, Executive Director of BradyPAC. “Rep. Murphy is a vocal proponent of social justice and racial equity. She recognizes the need for both public safety and police reform, as well as solutions to protect disproportionately impacted communities of color, which experience the heaviest burden of everyday gun violence. Rep. Murphy is a champion for her constituents and we are proud to support her.”
First elected in 2016, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes portions of Orange County and all of Seminole County, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, Stephanie was a businesswoman, college instructor, and national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She is the first Vietnamese-American woman ever elected to Congress and the first woman to represent this congressional district. She lives in Winter Park with her husband, Sean, and her two young children.