Press Release

Giffords Endorses George Scott for Congress in Pennsylvania

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

September 26, 2018 — Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of George Scott in Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district.

George Scott has dedicated his life to service of his community and our country. A native of southern Pennsylvania, he served for 20 years in the US Army as an intelligence officer. Upon retirement, George entered theology school and became pastor of a Lutheran church in his district. As a battalion commander, George learned that weapons require respect and must be handled with discipline. He knows that Congress needs to take action to keep our communities safe and will fight to reinstate federal funding for research on gun violence and expand background checks to cover all firearm sales.

“This year, voters are demanding leaders who offer more than thoughts and prayers when it comes to gun violence. They’re no longer willing to accept politicians who can’t imagine a world where schools, workplaces, churches, and communities are safe places, where our children don’t have to live in fear. The level of gun violence we experience in our country is not normal and thankfully, we finally have leaders running for office who have the courage to fight to finally address it,” said Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords. “Voters are ready to elect George Scott because he will always put protecting their communities over helping the gun lobby make a profit. Giffords is proud to endorse him for Congress because he will never stop fighting for what’s right.”

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 the Giffords 2018 political program here.


Giffords is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords inspires the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer.