November 6, 2018 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement congratulating Steve Sisolak for winning Nevada’s gubernatorial election:
“This year, Steve Sisolak 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. Steve 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 Nevada responded to this message of courage and hope by electing Steve to office. Today marks the dawn of a new era for gun safety in America.
“Steve made it clear that once elected, he would fight for laws proven to keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives. Steve took his experience in the private sector onto the campaign trail, listening 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. Steve promised to bring what he heard to the halls of power, and now he will.
“Steve’s election is a testament to the strength of people who stood up and marched, who spoke up and said enough. Steve 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 Steve Sisolak 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.”
Steve Sisolak campaigned on the platform of supporting commonsense gun safety solutions in Nevada. In a state that has been acutely impacted by the pain and terror of gun violence, with the worst mass shooting in US history occurring just over a year ago, Sisolak refused to shy away from the issue on the campaign trail. Last month, former Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly campaigned in Nevada as part of the Vote Save Lives tour. Sisolak’s opponent, Adam Laxalt, took thousands of dollars from the NRA as attorney general and refused to enforce a law that would expand background checks.
Related Resources from Giffords:
Press Release: Gun Safety & The 2018 Midterms