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Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Endorses Rep. Joe Cunningham, Rep. Jim Clyburn for U.S. House


Rep. Joe Cunningham and Rep. Jim Clyburn Are Gun Sense Champions Who Will Fight for Common-Sense Gun Safety Measures in Congress

New Polling Shows Americans’ Support for Gun Safety Measures Has Surged Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

NEW YORK – Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund endorsed Congressman Joe Cunningham for Congress in South Carolina’s first congressional district and Congressman Jim Clyburn for Congress in South Carolina’s sixth congressional district. Both of these candidates received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction, a prerequisite for being considered for endorsement.

Reps. Cunningham and Clyburn have championed gun safety in the U.S. House, including voting for H.R. 8, which would require background checks on all gun sales, and H.R. 1112, which would address the “Charleston Loophole.”

“The data makes one thing crystal clear — gun safety is going to be a winning issue in each and every competitive race this year,” said Charlie Kelly, senior political advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety. “These endorsements are the first step in our election efforts, which will be a devastating one-two punch, combining unprecedented resources and unmatched grassroots power to send gun sense candidates from across the country to Washington.” 

“We are sick and tired of the gun violence crisis that kills more than 800 South Carolinians each year and leaves hundreds more wounded,” said Jackie Shelley, volunteer leader with the South Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We’re proud to stand behind representatives who have proven their dedication to gun safety, and we’ll do all we can to reelect them in November.” 

Polling released last week demonstrates the surging intensity of Americans’ support for common-sense gun safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic, with a significant majority of Americans viewing background checks on all gun sales and disarming domestic abusers “more important” now than before the pandemic began.  

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund plan to spend at least $60 million on the 2020 elections — double what they spent during the 2018 elections, and more than any gun safety opponent, including the NRA, reported spending on the 2016 elections.