Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly Call on Donald Trump to Disavow Advisor Al Baldasaro of New Hampshire For Saying Hillary Clinton “Should Be Shot for Treason”

July 21, 2016 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, the Co-Founders of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions, today called on Donald Trump to disavow the support of his advisor Al Baldasaro, of New Hampshire, who said on Tuesdaythat Hillary Clinton should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

STATEMENT BY CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS & CAPTAIN MARK KELLY

“Al Baldasaro’s statements are not just an embarrassment to our country and a stain on our politics, they are reckless and dangerous.

“Take it from us: This kind of rhetoric fuels hatred, violence, and puts lives at risk. There is simply no place in our politics and our country for this kind of shameful threat.

“We are disappointed and saddened that Donald Trump continues to welcome the support of his advisor Al Baldasaro after he said a candidate for office should be executed.

“We hope Mr. Trump does the responsible thing and disavows Al Baldasaro for his dangerous rhetoric.”

New Poll in the New Hampshire Senate Races Shows Support for Kelly Ayotte Slipping as Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC Reminds Voters of Her Record of Standing with the Gun Lobby

July 21, 2016 – new poll in the New Hampshire Senate race shows Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC’s (ARS PAC)-endorsed candidate Governor Maggie Hassan leading the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire over gun lobby-backed candidate Kelly Ayotte following a six-figure advertising campaign by ARS PAC to hold Senator Ayotte accountable for her record of voting to protect the loopholes in federal law that let felons and domestic abusers buy guns without a criminal background check in unlicensed sales at gun shows and through the Internet. ARS PAC-endorsed candidate Governor Maggie Hassan has voiced her support for closing the background check loopholes in federal law.

As part of its “Vocal Majority” campaign this fall to mobilize millions of Americans to make the 2016 election a referendum on gun violence prevention, ARS PAC has aired two ads (here and here) each backed by six-figure buys already this year in the New Hampshire Senate race to hold Senator Ayotte accountable for voting against laws that help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Click here to watch “Safety,” and click here to watch ARS PAC’s most recent ad in the race, “Mislead.”

The new poll, which was conducted by WMUR and the University of New Hampshire from July 9 – 18, shows Governor Hassan leading Senator Ayotte 45 percent to 42 percent. Since her first vote to protect the gun lobby backed loopholes in our background checks system, Senator Ayotte’s favorability rating has plummeted from 51 percent to 42 percent.

The WMUR poll reinforces findings from research done on ARS PAC’s behalf in June showing that Senator Ayotte’s unfavorability among likely New Hampshire voters is growing and her support slipping as voters hear more about her record on gun violence. The research found Governor Hassan’s lead over Senator Ayotte has increased from two points to four points from May as the debate over guns intensified, and ARS PAC’s communications to voters have shifted the conversation dramatically: the number of voters who know that 9 out of 10 people in New Hampshire support background checks increased from 9 percent to 21 percent, and more than half (52 percent) now know about the significant contributions that Ayotte has taken from the gun lobby, a 7-point gain. Click here to read more.

“Senator Ayotte’s record of standing with the gun lobby is coming back to haunt her. This is another sign that the vocal majority of Granite Staters are sick and tired of Senator Ayotte’s calculated attempts to mislead them into thinking she voted to close the loopholes in our nation’s gun background check system,” said ARS PAC Executive Director Peter Ambler. “Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC is committed to ensuring that Granite Staters know there is only one candidate in this race who will stand up to Washington gun lobby, protect our Second Amendment rights, and make our communities safer – and that candidate is Maggie Hassan.”

Senator Ayotte has maintained consistent record in Washington of voting against more criminal background checks for gun sales. In April 2013, Senator Ayotte voted against a bipartisan proposal to close the loopholes in federal law that let felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill buy a gun without a criminal background check at gun shows and through the Internet, even though February 2013 research found that 91 percent of New Hampshire voters – including 90 percent of gun owners – supported the measure. In December 2015 and in June 2016, Senator Ayotte once again voted to protect the loopholes in our background check system. Click here to read a memo on Senator Ayotte’s record of voting against requiring criminal background checks for more gun sales.

Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC Endorses Patrick Murphy for United States Senate

July 20, 2016 – Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC (ARS PAC) – the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly – today announced its endorsement of Congressman Patrick Murphy for United States Senate. Citing his support for a broad set of responsible gun violence prevention policies, ARS PAC declared Patrick Murphy its Florida Champion for Common Sense. Murphy is opposing Senator Marco Rubio, who has consistently voted against bipartisan proposals to reduce gun violence, including closing the loopholes in federal law that let dangerous people buy a gun without a criminal background check.

“Congressman Murphy is the best person in this race to fight for the responsible steps we need to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, prevent gun tragedies, and make Florida communities safer,” said ARS PAC Co-Founders Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Kelly. “Where Senator Rubio voted to protect the loopholes that let felons and domestic abusers get guns without a background check, Congressman Murphy will be a strong voice in the United States Senate for closing those dangerous loopholes in our laws that put our communities at risk. We need more leaders like Congressman Murphy – leaders who will protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners like us but who also have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and stand up for common sense. We look forward to seeing Congressman Murphy be a voice for responsibility in the United States Senate.”

“I am humbled to receive the endorsement of Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC and beyond grateful for Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Kelly’s commitment to reducing gun violence in our country,” said Rep. Murphy. “We know that the majority of Americans and the majority of Floridians favor reasonable measures to keep guns out of the wrong hands and prevent gun violence. But we’re sorely lacking leadership in Congress to get commonsense proposals like closing background check loopholes and closing the terror gap across the finish line. In the U.S. Senate, I will always stand with Gabby and Mark in the fight to make Florida families and children safer from gun violence.”

In 2013, Senator Rubio voted against a bipartisan proposal to close the loopholes in federal law that let felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill buy a gun without a criminal background check, even though 91 percent of Floridians – including 88 percent of gun owners – supported the measure. In June 2016, Senator Rubio also voted against closing the so-called “terror gap,” which lets known and suspected terrorists legally purchase firearms. He has also declined to sign on to a bipartisan measure to protect victims of domestic violence and stalking by reducing abusers’ and stalkers’ access to firearms.

Congressman Murphy has voiced his support for all of these commonsense measures.

Gabby and Mark Respond to the Tragedy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Yet again, an American community has been shattered by a gun tragedy.

While we are still learning all the details of exactly what happened, we know this is an attack not just on law enforcement, but on an entire community as it seeks to heal divisions, build trust, and address its shared challenges. But just as they always do, this vicious attempt to divide Americans and communities will fail.

Today is also another sad reminder that our nation remains in the grips of a gun violence crisis that touches every community and everyone – those who wear the uniform, and those who do not.

We are praying for the law enforcement officers impacted by this tragedy, for their families, and for strength for the injured. And we are praying for peace and unity and healing in the Baton Rouge community.

Gabby and Mark Respond to Donald Trump’s Choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as His Running Mate

As gun owners, we cannot trust a reckless, unstable Donald Trump and a governor so firmly in the gun lobby’s grip to do the responsible thing in the face of our nation’s gun violence crisis – and that’s exactly what the Trump-Pence ticket represents. Donald Trump and Governor Pence share the gun lobby’s vision of anAmerica where everyone is armed, but no one is safe. From allowing guns in school parking lots to voting to make it easier for dangerous people to carry loaded, hidden guns, Mike Pence has a record of giving in to the gun lobby, and he’s not the kind of leader we need anywhere near the Oval Office. We need a president like Hillary Clinton: someone steady in the face of crisis with the courage to stand up to the gun lobby, the record to prove it, and a smart,responsible plan for preventing gun tragedies while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners like us.