ARS PAC Endorses Michael Bennet for the United States Senate

August 24, 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 Senator Michael Bennet for United States Senate. Citing his support for a broad set of responsible gun violence prevention policies and record of voting for laws that help keep guns out of the wrong hands and protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, ARS PAC declared Michael Bennet its Colorado Champion for the Vocal Majority.

The endorsement is part of ARS PAC’s “Vocal Majority” campaign this fall to mobilize millions of Americans to make the 2016 election a referendum on gun violence prevention and to support leaders up and down the ballot who are committed to responsible steps that reduce gun violence.

“Senator Bennet is the best person to fight for the safety and rights of Coloradans in the United States Senate,” said ARS PAC Co-Founders Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Kelly.  “Senator Bennet will continue to be a strong voice in the Senate for preventing gun tragedies and closing the dangerous loopholes in our laws that put our communities at risk. We need more commonsense leaders like Senator Bennet – 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. We are looking forward to ensuring Senator Bennet remains a steady, bipartisan, and pragmatic voice for responsibility in Congress.”

“I’m proud to have the support of Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, both dedicated public servants who continue to work to make our country safer,” said Senator Michael Bennet. “There’s no reason why we can’t come together as Republicans and Democrats to pass background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from being able to buy firearms — commonsense measures that don’t infringe on the rights of Colorado’s hunters, sportsmen and law-abiding gun owners.”

ARS PAC Endorse Catherine Cortez Masto for United States Senate

August 23, 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 Catherine Cortez Masto for United States Senate. Citing her support for a broad set of responsible gun violence prevention policies, ARS PAC declared Catherine Cortez Masto its Nevada Champion for the Vocal Majority. Cortez Masto is opposing Congressman Joe Heck, who opposes 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, and voted against debating a proposal that would prevent known and suspected terrorists from buying guns. 

The endorsement is part of ARS PAC’s “Vocal Majority” campaign this fall to mobilize millions of Americans to make the 2016 election a referendum on gun violence prevention and to support leaders up and down the ballot who are committed to responsible steps that reduce gun violence.

“As Nevada’s Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto was a tireless voice for protecting families and better enforcing our laws, and we know she 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 Nevada families safer,” said ARS PAC Co-Founders Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Kelly. “Where Congressman Heck has said he would protect the loopholes that let felons and domestic abusers get guns without a background check, Catherine 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 Catherine Cortez Masto – leaders who will protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners like us and stand up for common sense. We look forward to seeing Catherine Cortez Masto be a voice for responsibility in the United States Senate.”

“I’m honored to have the support of Congresswoman Giffords, Captain Kelly, and their organization in my candidacy to be Nevada’s next Senator,” said Cortez Masto. “They are committed to reducing gun violence and keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people by enacting commonsense solutions that the majority of Nevadans support. Unfortunately, my opponent, Congressman Heck, is opposed to reasonable, potentially life-saving reforms like universal background checks. I am committed to making Nevada’s communities safer and I look forward to working with Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Kelly to do so as Nevada’s next Senator.”

Congressman Heck has said he opposes closing the loopholes in federal law that let felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill buy a gun without a criminal background check. In 2016, Congressman Heck also voted against debating a proposal to close the terrorist gun loophole that lets known and suspected terrorists legally purchase guns. 

Catherine Cortez Masto has voiced her support for all of these commonsense measures.

ARS PAC Statement on Reports That a Senior Aide to Donald Trump Allegedly Pulled a Gun on a Colleague, Behavior Was Reported, And the Trump Campaign Failed to Act in a Timely Manner

August 11, 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, issued the below statement today following reports that a senior aide to presidential candidate Donald Trump allegedly pulled a gun on a colleague, that his behavior was reported to senior campaign leadership, and that the campaign failed to act.

STATEMENT BY ARS PAC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PETER AMBLER
“Barely a day after Donald Trump recklessly suggested gun violence against Hillary Clinton and her Supreme Court nominees, we are seeing that Trump not only encourages threats of gun violence, but actually tolerates them on his own campaign. Donald Trump should immediately and unambiguously condemn any insinuation of violence in or around his campaign. Such behavior should disqualify Trump as a serious political figure, much less President of the United States.”

Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly Call on Donald Trump to Apologize to Gun Owners and Secretary Clinton for Insinuating that Second Amendment Enthusiasts Can Stop Hillary Clinton from Appointing Judges if She Becomes President

August 9, 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, released the below statement today following Donald Trump’s remarks in Wilmington, North Carolina where he insinuated that Second Amendment enthusiasts can stop Hillary Clinton from appointing judges if she becomes president.

STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS & CAPTAIN MARK KELLY:

“Donald Trump might astound Americans on a routine basis, but we must draw a bright red line between political speech and suggestions of violence. Responsible, stable individuals won’t take Trump’s rhetoric to its literal end, but his words may provide a magnet for those seeking infamy. They may provide inspiration or permission for those bent on bloodshed.

“What political leaders say matters to their followers. When candidates descend into coarseness and insult, our politics follow suit. When they affirm violence, we should fear that violence will follow.

“It must be the responsibility of all Americans – from Donald Trump himself, to his supporters, to those who remain silent or oppose him – to unambiguously condemn these remarks and the violence they insinuate. The integrity of our democracy and the decency of our nation is at stake.”

 

Gabby Responds to Attacks on Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Co-Founder of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions, release the below statement today following a spate of sexist and homophobic attacks on Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in response to her steps to help keep guns out of the wrong hands:

The attacks on Attorney General Healey are more than offensive, sexist, and homophobic; they are dangerous. Believe me: This kind of rhetoric fuels hatred, violence, and puts lives at risk. It must stop. In the face of these attacks that have no place in our country, I stand with Maura Healey.

Since I left public office, I have watched with dismay as civility in our politics has eroded and these kinds of irresponsible attacks have become all too common. It is poisonous and a stain on our politics.

The return of civility is essential to the frank, respectful and vigorous public debate that has been our country’s great legacy – and that is our only hope for meeting our shared challenges.