Val Demings Stands With Gun Violence Survivors In Miami To Demand Commonsense Gun Safety Reform

MIAMI – Today, Rep. Val Demings traveled to Miami to unveil a Gun Violence Memorial installation organized by Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

In a press conference featuring former Congresswoman Giffords and former Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Rep. Demings called for immediate action on commonsense gun safety reforms that are currently stalled in the Senate.

Rep. Demings also received Giffords’ endorsement in her race for U.S. Senate against Marco Rubio.

Former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings, candidate for United States Senate, said:

“I am proud to have the endorsement of Giffords PAC and Gabrielle Giffords. And like the vast majority of Floridians, I am sick and tired of inaction on obvious, bipartisan measures to stop the senseless cycle of tragedy in our communities.

“Commonsense gun safety legislation sits in the Senate right now. These are bipartisan measures to close background check loopholes, ban high capacity magazines, improve mental health care access, and make sure that weapons that can fire through a police officer’s vest are tightly controlled.

“But Marco Rubio doesn’t have the strength to stand up to the gun lobby, and every day that he blocks these measures that would make us all safer, families are torn apart, law enforcement faces more danger, and Floridians lose their lives at the hands of the epidemic of gun violence.

“As a 27-year veteran of law enforcement, I know about the horrific reality of gun violence. As a mother of three, I know the worry and fear that parents and kids across America face as gun safety goes unaddressed. And as a US senator, I promise I will never tire of standing up to the NRA and fighting for the gun safety reforms we need to be safe.”

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords said:

“Val Demings is one of the most dedicated public servants in this country. She served in law enforcement for 27 years, showing a deep commitment to working with community members to reduce gun violence and crime. Now as a member of Congress, Congresswoman Demings has championed commonsense gun safety laws, putting the lives of her constituents ahead of gun
lobby interests.

“As senator, Congresswoman Demings will work just as hard to make sure we pass the lifesaving gun safety legislation Floridians desperately need. I’m proud to endorse Val Demings for Senate.”


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