Gabby Giffords, the former Democratic Congresswoman who was injured by a gunman in 2011, is backing incumbent GOP Senator Pat Toomey.
Her Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC officially endorsed Sen. Toomey today.
“In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Republican Sens. Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk broke from the gun lobby and supported a bill to help prevent felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining firearms at gun shows and online,” Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly wrote in a CNN op-ed. “This week, they are earning our organization’s endorsement.”
“I am honored to receive this endorsement from Americans for Responsible Solutions in recognition of my work to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, terrorists, and the dangerously mentally ill,” said Senator Pat Toomey.
“I have long said that we must work together to forge a bipartisan consensus on gun safety, rather than talk past one another with partisan rhetoric,” he continued. “While protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens, I am committed to bridging the partisan divide to crack down on illegal gun trafficking, close the terrorist gun loophole, require background checks on transactions at gun shows, over the internet, and between non-family members, and also ensure Congress is funding research into our country’s gun violence crisis. I look forward to introducing a bill next Congress that works to achieve these ends.”
“It’s a shame. Sending Pat Toomey back to the Senate makes gun safety legislation less likely, not more likely,” McGinty Communications Director Sean Coit stated. “Pat Toomey isn’t a moderate on guns, and over the past several years, he’s been on the opposite side of several gun issues than Congresswoman Giffords and Commander Kelly. Most importantly, Pat Toomey would love nothing more than to keep Mitch McConnell as the Majority Leader, which would almost certainly block any hope of sensible gun safety bills from passing.”