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Giffords Endorses Governor Gretchen Whitmer for Reelection in Michigan

Washington DC — Today, Giffords PAC, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced its endorsement of Governor Gretchen Whitmer for reelection in Michigan. 

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: 

“Governor Whitmer has led Michigan through tough times. In response to tragedy, she’s offered compassion and leadership. In response to threats, she has exhibited great courage. Governor Whitmer is a tough and tested leader who works tirelessly to put Michigan first. She will continue the fight for gun safety and work tirelessly to protect her state from gun violence. I am extremely proud to back Governor Whitmer, who has been courageous in the fight to keep communities across Michigan safe.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer: 

“I will work with anyone to get things done for Michiganders as we work to create good-paying jobs, invest in education, build resilient infrastructure, and make sure our communities are safe. Common sense gun laws are critical to protecting our communities and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. I am proud to have Giffords’s support in our work to secure a safer Michigan.”

As a lifelong Michigander, Governor Whitmer has devoted her life to public service, governed through unprecedented, colliding crises, and remains focused on getting things done—especially when it comes to keeping families across her state safe from gun violence. In November of 2021, when a school shooter took the lives of four students at Oxford High School, Governor Whitmer took immediate action to safeguard the lives of Michigan children. She emphasized that gun violence is a public health crisis, and she ensured that schools across Michigan have the ability to hire more counselors and social workers. She has also pushed for the passage of enhanced safe storage requirements and has consistently advocated for the need to implement extreme risk protection order laws in her state.

Governor Whitmer is a committed advocate for commonsense gun laws, including background checks, closing the boyfriend loophole to keep guns out of the hands of people who have committed domestic abuse, and getting illegal guns off the streets. She knows that the gun lobby wields too much power over our political system, and has consistently taken it on while in office. As Governor, Whitmer has been committed to addressing the root causes of gun violence, and has proposed channeling significant funding into intervention programs that would disrupt the deadly cycles of violence plaguing Michigan communities. Governor Whitmer has long said that politics in Michigan don’t have to look the way they do in Washington DC, especially when it comes to working to prevent gun violence. She knows that Michiganders can come together, gun violence prevention advocates and responsible gun owners alike, to ensure that communities across the state are safe.  We are proud to endorse Gretchen Whitmer for Governor.


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