LOWELL — Lori Trahan, Democrat for Congress, was endorsed today by Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly.
Giffords’ #VoteCourage campaign aims to elect gun safety advocates to Congress and defeat politicians who have historically worked against gun reform, or done nothing at all to prevent gun violence.
“Lori Trahan is fed up with Congress failing to take action to address America’s gun violence crisis. Born and raised in Massachusetts, a state with some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, Lori knows that strong gun safety measures save lives,” the Giffords’ group said of Trahan.
Trahan’s Republican opponent Rick Green has said he is against expanded background checks on firearm purchases and does not want the federal government to regulate access on high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons.
“There is no compromising on this issue — we need common sense gun reform and we need it now,” Trahan said. “Gun violence is the second-leading killer of children in this country. We need leaders in Washington who will stand up to the gun lobby and demand action to keep our children safe. Anything less is immoral.”
In Congress, Trahan will fight for comprehensive background checks for all gun purchases, closing the gun show loophole, banning bump stocks as well as assault weapons.
Trahan has already been named a “Gun Sense Candidate” by Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. She announced the Giffords’ endorsement at a chapter meeting on Tuesday.