Washington, DC — Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of Letitia “Tish” James for attorney general in New York.
As Public Advocate for the City of New York, Tish James has been a champion for keeping New Yorkers safe from gun violence. Now she is ready to continue her lifesaving work as Attorney General. Tish is a strong supporter of treating gun violence as a public health crisis and has led the fight to divest New York City’s largest pension from the corporate gun lobby. Tish knows that New York’s strong gun laws save lives and will prioritize defending those laws as Attorney General, while also fighting any federal attempts to encroach on upon the safety of New Yorkers.
Statement from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords:
“America experienced three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history in a span of five months. Over 38,000 people in our country were killed by a gun in 2016. New York has not been immune to this deadly crisis—somebody is killed by a gun in the state every 10 hours. Through her role as Public Advocate for New York City, Tish has seen firsthand the toll this epidemic takes and has done everything she can to protect the city’s communities.
“We are endorsing Tish today because she acknowledges the heartbreak gun violence causes in her state, and she is working to stop it. Her leadership will be critical for our next victories in New York to prevent future tragedies. Giffords is proud to back Tish James, who has the courage to stand up to the corporate gun lobby.”
Statement from Democratic NYS Attorney General Nominee Letitia “Tish” James:
“Every year, more than 900 New Yorkers are killed by guns -- and that is 900 too many. Communities in every corner of the Empire State have suffered from gun violence, and we need decisive action to stop these senseless deaths.
"As Public Advocate, I was proud to take on the NRA by pushing New York City’s largest pension fund to divest from gun and ammunition retailers. As Attorney General, I will investigate the NRA’s status as a non-profit, stand up to gun manufacturers and their financial backers, and take legal action when the Trump Administration puts gun industry profits over New Yorkers’ lives. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has never wavered in the fight against gun violence -- and I am honored to earn the Giffords #VoteCourage endorsement.”
The Giffords #VoteCourage campaign aims to elect gun safety advocates to local, state, and federal office and defeat politicians who have historically worked against gun reform, or done nothing at all to prevent gun violence.
Learn More about the Giffords 2018 political program here.