November 16, 2018 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement congratulating Katie Porter for emerging victorious in California’s 45th Congressional District:
“This year, Katie Porter dared to imagine an America where gun violence wasn’t normal and people didn’t have to live in fear, wondering if today was the day they would have to duck under a desk or hide in a closet. Katie stood tall and boldly declared that the gun lobby is no longer welcome here, and their influence over our politicians is a thing of the past. Communities in California responded to this message of courage and hope by electing Katie to office. Today marks the dawn of a new era for gun safety in America.
“Katie made it clear that once elected, she would fight for laws proven to keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives. She is a fierce advocate for her community, having spent years fighting special interests while advocating for stronger consumer protections. On the campaign trail, she listened to the concerns of voters who don’t understand how we can live in a country where nearly 100 lives are lost to gunfire each day. Katie promised to bring what she heard to the halls of power, and now she will.
“Katie’s election is a testament to the strength of people who stood up and marched, who spoke up and said enough. Katie harnessed this new energy and pointed out that politicians had failed in their basic moral responsibility to keep us safe. Her election is proof that we don’t have to tolerate inaction on gun safety in a country where guns cause daily heartbreak and horror. We congratulate Katie Porter on her victory tonight and look forward to working with her in the months to come as we fight to make our schools, streets, and communities safer.”
Katie Porter ran a strong campaign on gun safety and Giffords campaigned alongside her in Tustin as part of its Vote Save Lives tour. Porter’s opponent, incumbent Mimi Walters, was a part of the Giffords #VoteThemOut initiative, having received more than $19,000 from the NRA and supporting dangerous nationwide concealed carry reciprocity legislation that would have put the lives of Americans at risk.
Related Resources from Giffords:
Press Release: Gun Safety & The 2018 Midterms
Fact Sheet: The State of Gun Violence in California