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.

ARS PAC Launches New Ad in New Hampshire Senate Race to Hold Senator Kelly Ayotte Accountable for Her Record of Voting to Protect Background Check Loopholes for Gun Sales

July 12, 2016 – The gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC (ARS PAC) announced today it is airing a new 30-second ad, titled “Mislead,” in the New Hampshire Senate race to hold Senator Kelly Ayotte accountable for her record of voting to protect the loopholes in federal law that let dangerous people like 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 those gun show and internet loopholes in federal law.

Watch “Mislead” here: https://youtu.be/l4Re6wzG8Tg

According to recent public research, 89% of likely Granite State voters support closing those loopholes in our gun background check laws.

The ad, which will also reach Granite State voters through targeted digital communications, is backed by a significant six-figure buy and will air on broadcast in the Manchester market and on statewide cable.

“Time and time again, Senator Ayotte has voted in lockstep with the Washington gun lobby to protect the loopholes that let felons and domestic abusers buy guns without a background check,” said ARS PAC Executive Director Peter Ambler. “Now, Senator Ayotte is trying to mislead voters into thinking she voted to close them. Granite Staters deserve to know who Senator Ayotte is really looking out for: the Washington gun lobby.”

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.

TRANSCRIPT: “Mislead”

In New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte says: “I support fixing our background check system.”

But in Washington, Kelly Ayotte votes to keep the loophole that lets criminals get guns without a background check.

She was the only Senator in New England who sided with the Washington gun lobby.

Now, Ayotte is trying to mislead voters in order to win her election.

Kelly Ayotte looks out for herself and the Washington gun lobby, not Granite Staters.

Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly Respond to the Gun Tragedy in Dallas, Texas

July 8, 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, issued the below statement today responding to last night’s gun tragedy in Dallas, Texas that left five law enforcement officers dead and seven injured.

STATEMENT BY CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS & CAPTAIN MARK KELLY

“This morning, Americans woke to reports of carnage on the streets of Dallas. As they worked to protect peaceful citizens demanding justice for killings in Louisiana and Minnesota, five law enforcement officers were set upon with firearms and assassinated.

“We don’t know all the facts, but we do know this is a monstrous attack against our law enforcement community and the idea that we can and should come together as Americans to address our shared challenges. Not only was it murder in cold blood; it was a vicious attempt to divide us, and it will fail.

“It 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. This is not the America we strive for. We have to do better, and we can.”