Giffords Endorses Betsy Rader for Congress

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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Giffords Endorses Betsy Rader for Congress
The endorsement comes as part of Giffords’ #VoteCourage Campaign to elect gun reform candidates nationwide

Novelty, OH – On Wednesday, Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of Betsy Rader in Ohio’s 14th congressional district.

“Politicians bought and paid for by the gun lobby to defend the firearms industry can no longer get away with saying thoughts and prayers and then staying silent. They can no longer say acts of violence are acts of nature, beyond our control. They are not, and the American people know it. They’re tired of politicians who claim to represent them failing to take action to keep them safe. This year, voters are demanding leaders with the courage to fight for a nation where gun violence is not a daily problem,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords. “Voters are ready to elect leaders, like Betsy Rader, who will always put protecting the safety of our communities first, not themselves, and certainly not the gun lobby. Her career as a civil rights lawyer proves Betsy has what it takes to take on the biggest challenges and fight for solutions that will keep our communities safe. Giffords is proud to endorse Betsy Rader for Congress, because she’s a leader with the courage stand up to the corporate gun lobby and someone who will never stop working to make Ohio’s communities safer.”

“Congresswoman Gabby Giffords embodies an incredible strength and resiliency that should serve as an inspiration to everyone in public service. Her dedication to curbing gun violence exemplifies patriotism in a way that should motivate all of us to fight for what’s right, even when it seems most challenging,” said Betsy Rader. “It’s a true honor to receive this endorsement–I look forward to getting to Congress and working to keep our schools and communities safe from gun violence. Enough is enough.”

Incumbent Congressman Dave Joyce has failed to take action on gun violence prevention and won’t even commit to supporting universal background checks on gun purchases. A consistent recipient of NRA money and A ratings, Joyce refused to meet with—or even send a representative to speak to— high school students who organized a gun safety town hall and marched outside his office on the anniversary of Columbine.

Betsy Rader has also been endorsed by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and was designated as a “Gun Sense Candidate” by Moms Demand Action.

Giffords’ #VoteCourage campaign is aimed at electing gun safety advocates to Congress and defeating politicians who have historically worked against gun reform, or done nothing at all to prevent gun violence.

The News-Herald: Mentor students march to Rep. Joyce’s office to advocate for gun control
“Not one more, not one more,” a group of about 20 high school students chanted as they marched down Center Street in Mentor April 20. Their destination was the 8500 Station St. office of Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge Township, to advocate for gun reform. They marched the roughly two miles from Mentor High School…Neither Joyce nor a representative from his office came down to address the protesting students. The group of protesters stood outside the office for 22 minutes — one minute for each person who has been killed in a school shooting since the Parkland incident.

Ashtabula Star Beacon: Progressive voters meet on gun control in Jefferson
The town hall was organized by Never Again OH-14, a collaboration of regional progressive groups that includes area students now at the epicenter of the gun violence debate. Organizers invited Republican U.S. Rep. David Joyce and his Democratic opponent in the November mid-terms Betsy Rader, an employment attorney from Russell Township, to hear from voters. Joyce did not attend. Guns, immigration, Great Lakes among issues debated by Dave Joyce, challengers before editorial board
Joyce wouldn’t commit to universal background checks, but said there needs to be a national discussion about guns. And he balked at the idea of banning high-capacity magazines or certain weapons.