Gun Violence Prevention Wins Big
Gun Violence Prevention Triumphs as Democrats Take the House
Washington, DC (November 7, 2018) — Voters across the nation sent a message on Tuesday night: gun violence prevention is a winning issue.
Americans are sick and tired of horrific gun violence in their communities followed by inaction in Washington. This year alone, they marched, they walked out, they boycotted, and on Election Day, they voted. They voted to tell their leaders that supporting the National Rifle Association (NRA) means jeopardizing the safety of everyday Americans. They voted to tell their leaders that supporting commonsense, life-saving measures is the way to win elections.
And their voices were heard. Gun violence prevention champions won across the country, giving Democrats control of the House of Representatives. In Virginia alone, State Senator Jennifer Wexton triumphed over incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock in the 10th District, Elaine Luria unseated Rep. Scott Taylor in the 2nd District, and Abigail Spanberger defeated Rep. Dave Brat in the 7th District. All three winning candidates were endorsed by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV); their losing opponents were endorsed by the NRA. CSGV-endorsed candidates also defeated NRA-backed incumbents in Texas, Pennsylvania, and California.
Exit polls across the country consistently showed gun violence prevention as a top priority for voters of all political stripes. After Tuesday night’s electoral victory, it is clear that gun violence prevention is the political and moral high ground. Candidates who want to win must listen to the will of the people and make gun violence prevention central to their platforms.
Our work does not end with last night’s victory. Gun violence prevention will be a priority in the new House of Representatives. New governors and legislatures in states across the nation will focus on laws to keep guns out the hands of dangerous people. The NRA and their allies have relied on bullying and scare tactics for far too long. Now that they’ve been defeated, it is time to for our leaders to stand up to the paper tiger. It is time to reclaim our country. It is time to get to work.