November 6, 2018 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement congratulating Gil Cisneros for winning election in California’s 39th Congressional District.
“This year, Gil Cisneros 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. Gil 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 Gil to office. Today marks the dawn of a new era for gun safety in America.
“Gil made it clear that once elected, he would fight for laws proven to keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives. As someone who served his country in the Navy, Gil is dedicated to making this country a better place for all. 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. Gil promised to bring what he heard to the halls of power, and now he will.
“Gil’s election is a testament to the strength of people who stood up and marched, who spoke up and said enough. Gil harnessed this new energy and pointed out that politicians had failed in their basic moral responsibility to keep us safe. His 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 Gil Cisneros 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.”
Gil Cisneros is a strong champion for gun safety. Captain Kelly campaigned with Cisneros on the VoteVets tour in Diamond Bar and saw the courage he had to speak out for gun safety and condemn interference from special interests like the NRA. In contrast, Gil’s opponent, Young Kim, received an A rating in the NRA while serving in the California legislature.
News Coverage Highlights:
The Signal Santa Clarita: Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visits SCV
Related Resources from Giffords:
Press Release: Gun Safety & The 2018 Midterms
Fact Sheet: The State of Gun Violence in California