November 6, 2018 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement congratulating Conor Lamb for winning reelection in Pennsylvania’s 17th district:
“This year, Representative Conor Lamb 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. Representative Lamb 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 Pennsylvania responded to this message of courage and hope by reelecting Representative Lamb to office. Today marks the dawn of a new era for gun safety in America.
“Representative Lamb made it clear that if reelected, he would continue to fight for laws proven to keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives. As someone who fought for his country and served again as a prosecutor, Representative Lamb is determined to keep his community safe. On the campaign trail, he 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. Representative Lamb promised to bring what he heard to the halls of power, and now he will.
“Representative Lamb’s reelection is a testament to the strength of people who stood up and marched, who spoke up and said enough. Representative Lamb harnessed this new energy and pointed out that politicians had failed in their basic moral responsibility to keep us safe. His reelection 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 Representative Lamb on his victory tonight and look forward to working with him in the months to come as we fight to make our schools, streets, and communities safer.”
Congressman Lamb has been in office since April 2018 and has already supported legislation to expand background checks and prohibit stalkers and abusive dating partners from accessing firearms. Giffords campaigned for Lamb along with VoteVets on a tour dedicated to electing veteran candidates who support gun violence prevention legislation.
News Coverage Highlights:
Wall Street Journal: Four States Could Swing House
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gun safety tour supporting veterans running for Congress stops in Heidelberg
Related Resources from Giffords:
Press Release: Gun Safety & The 2018 Midterms
Fact Sheet: The State of Gun Violence in Pennsylvania