5 Nov 2016 | NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCATES GABBY GIFFORDS, CAPT. MARK KELLY, SHANNON WATTS AND RICH MARTINEZ THANK “YES ON 1” VOLUNTEERS IN LAS VEGAS
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November 5, 2016
NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCATES GABBY GIFFORDS, CAPT. MARK KELLY, SHANNON WATTS AND RICH MARTINEZ THANK “YES ON 1” VOLUNTEERS IN LAS VEGAS
National Advocates Rally with Local Nevada Gun Violence Prevention Advocates Working To Pass Question 1
Las Vegas – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, retired NASA Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, today thanked Las Vegas-area volunteers and gun violence prevention advocates Saturday for their work to pass Question 1, which would require background checks on all Nevada gun sales with a few reasonable exceptions.
Giffords and Kelly, the Co-Founders of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, joined Watts at the beginning of a Get Out The Vote canvassing event organized by Nevadans for Background Checks, the campaign to pass Question 1.
“Stopping gun violence takes courage – the courage to do what’s right and the courage of new ideas. I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line,” said former Congresswoman Giffords in her speech at today’s event. “Now is the time to come together – to be responsible! Democrats, Republicans – everyone. We must never stop fighting. Fight, fight, fight!”
“A vote for Question 1 is a vote to make it harder for domestic abusers and felons to buy guns, to protect the rights of responsible gun owners and to save lives,” said Capt. Kelly. “It’s a step that Nevadans support. It’s a step that responsible gun owners — gun owners like me and Gabby — support. Nevadans have an incredible opportunity at the ballot box to make their communities safer.”
“This campaign is so important because we know that background checks save lives,” said Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “In the states that have laws similar to Question 1, there are fewer women shot and killed by an intimate partner, fewer law enforcement fatally shot in the line of duty, and less gun trafficking in cities. Background checks will help save lives here in Nevada and help to make all of us safer.”
After speaking at the canvass kick-off, Giffords, Kelly, Watts and Rich Martinez, whose son was killed in the 2014 tragedy near the University of California at Santa Barbara, spoke about Question 1 and gun violence prevention over lunch with local gun violence survivors.
“When voters get an up-or-down vote, they vote for gun safety,” said Martinez, whose son was fatally shot in 2014. “Voters from across the political spectrum have made it clear that they want common-sense solutions like Question 1 that keep their communities safe while respecting the Second Amendment.”
“We are honored to be joined today by national gun violence prevention advocates who recognize the importance of passing Question 1 and understand that closing the background check loophole will reduce gun violence and save lives in Nevada,” said Yes on 1 Campaign Manager Joe Duffy.
Question 1 has earned the endorsement of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers, Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Police, Nevada Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association, former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young, former Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley, former Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa, Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers, Las Vegas FOP President Dave Moody, retired Metro Detective and former President of the Police Protective Association and Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs Dave Kallas, former Assistant District Attorney Teresa Lowry, former Henderson Police Chief Richard Perkins, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. The measure also has been endorsed by The Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, Nevada State AFL-CIO, Culinary Workers Local #226, Nevada State Education Association, Nevada Parent Teacher Association, Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, SEIU, The Council for a Better Nevada and Hispanics in Politics, in addition to the campaign’s Advisory Board of more than 50 Nevada law enforcement, veterans, gun owners, faith, business and community leaders from across the political spectrum and from all corners of the state.
Nevadans for Background Checks is a statewide coalition of law enforcement, domestic violence advocacy, faith, business and community leaders working to pass Question 1. The ballot measure is a common-sense proposal that will close loopholes in Nevada law by requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense. The proposed law would put private sellers on a level playing field with licensed gun dealers, who already are required to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales.