Press Release

Giffords Endorses Tammy Baldwin for Senate in Wisconsin

The endorsement comes as part of Giffords’ #VoteCourage Campaign to elect gun reform candidates nationwide

June 27, 2018 – Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of Senator Tammy Baldwin for reelection. Baldwin now joins a growing list of endorsed candidates supported by Giffords in 2018, as part of the organization’s #VoteCourage campaign, an effort to elect gun safety champions. The organization expects to announce additional endorsements in the weeks and months to come.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords:

“America experienced three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history in just the past year. Over 38,000 people in our country were killed by a gun. Wisconsin has not been immune to this deadly crisis: somebody is killed by a gun in Wisconsin every 13 hours. Despite this devastating reality, the gun lobby has used its cash and influence to stifle any attempts to pass laws on Capitol Hill to make our schools, streets, and communities more safe.

“The American people are outraged and tired of inaction. They are ready to use their power to demand that the leaders we elect to represent us are committed to creating a world where gun violence is not a daily problem. Voters are calling for leaders who will always put protecting the safety of our communities first, not themselves, and certainly not the gun lobby.

“Senator Baldwin has acknowledged the devastating toll of our nation’s gun violence crisis, and she is working tirelessly to combat it. Her passion, leadership, and dedication as a leading gun safety champion will be critical for our next victories in Congress to save lives and prevent future tragedies. Giffords is proud to endorse Tammy Baldwin, a leader who has the courage stand up to the corporate gun lobby and who will never stop working to make Wisconsin communities safer.”

Senator Tammy Baldwin is a gun owner committed to making American communities safer. She supports expanding background checks, eliminating restrictions on studying gun violence, and banning bump stocks. In a recent constituent forum, Senator Baldwin stated she opposed arming teachers in schools, highlighting the potential for “catastrophic, unintended consequences.” As the first woman from Wisconsin to serve in the U.S. Congress and Senate, Senator Baldwin understands the importance of being out front on the issues, especially gun safety. We are proud to endorse Senator Tammy Baldwin for Senate in 2018.

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Giffords’ #VoteCourage campaign aims to elect gun safety advocates to Congress and defeat politicians who have historically worked against gun reform, or done nothing at all to prevent gun violence. The political program targets incumbents in mostly suburban districts and uses a mixture of TV and digital advertising, on-the-ground organizing, and a voter registration push to create momentum for meaningful progress on gun safety.

Learn More about Giffords’ 2018 political program here.