November 6, 2018 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement congratulating Mike Levin for emerging victorious in California’s 49th Congressional District:
“This year, Mike Levin 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. Mike 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 Mike to office. Today marks the dawn of a new era for gun safety in America.
“Mike made it clear that once elected, he would fight for laws proven to keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives. Mike has spent his career spent championing his community by fighting for issues that matter to his neighbors. 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. Mike promised to bring what he heard to the halls of power, and now he will.
“Mike’s election is a testament to the strength of people who stood up and marched, who spoke up and said enough. Mike 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 Mike Levin 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.”
Mike Levin is a strong supporter of gun safety laws, including a federal ban on the purchase of assault weapons and universal background checks on all gun sales. An ad from Mike’s campaign highlighted his commitment to stronger gun laws and featured his endorsement from Gabby Giffords. Giffords campaigned with Mike in Solana Beach as part of the Vote Save Lives tour, where Mike inspired voters with his passion for solutions to address the gun violence crisis. His opponent, Diane Harkey, received an A rating from the NRA and took campaign contributions from the gun lobby.
News Coverage Highlights:
Times of San Diego: Gabby Giffords at Levin Rally in Solana Beach: ‘These are Scary Times’
Related Resources from Giffords:
Press Release: Gun Safety & The 2018 Midterms
Fact Sheet: The State of Gun Violence in California