The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund announced Tuesday who it is backing for U.S. Senate in 2020.
As we did with the group’s U.S. House of Representative’s endorsements, we want to list them so you know who to vote AGAINST this November.
Here is the list:
- Captain Mark Kelly in Arizona
- Gov. John Hickenlooper in Colorado
- Senator Dick Durbin in Illinois
- Theresea Greenfield in Iowa
- Sara Gideon in Maine
- Senator Gary Peters in Michigan
- Senator Tina Smith in Minnesota
- Congressman Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico
- Army veteran Cal Cunningham in North Carolina
- Jaime Harrison in South Carolina
- Air Force veteran MJ Hegar in Texas
Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, the sister organization of Everytown for Gun Safety, explained why they’re putting Bloomberg’s bucks behind those 11 politicians.
“For too long, Senate leadership has stopped critical gun safety bills from passing — even when more than 90% of Americans support the measure,” said Watts in a press release. “To the opponents of the incredible candidates we have endorsed today, your days of ignoring America’s gun violence crisis are numbered.”
President of Everytown, John Feinblatt, added, “Mitch McConnell is the single biggest obstacle to gun safety reform in Washington, so Everytown is going all-in to flip the Senate and elect leaders who will treat America’s gun violence epidemic like the crisis it is.”
As GunsAmerica previously reported, Everytown has roughly $60 million earmarked for the upcoming election cycle. That’s a lot of denaro, and double what the group spent on the 2018 midterm elections.
But even up against all that cash, gun owners have good reason to be hopeful about the future.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association, estimates that the gun community added over 2.5 million new members during the first four months of 2020, in large part due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
If these gun owners recognize that their newfound right to keep and bear arms — their fundamental right to protect themselves and their families during uncertain times — is on the chopping block thanks to Everytown and the politicians they support, it could tilt the scales in favor of gun rights over gun control and spell defeat for Everytown’s “gun sense” candidates.
That’s a big “if,” though. A lot can change between now and then. Us longtime 2A advocates still have to do our part to spread the gospel of gun and show up en masse at the polls this Fall to vote for pro-gun lawmakers.