ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Everytown Victory Fund Albuquerque (“Everytown”) announced today that it was launching an independent expenditure program in the Albuquerque mayoral election on November 2. Everytown’s efforts, which include sending direct mail to voters, will make clear to voters the stark difference between the two candidates on the issue of gun safety: incumbent Mayor Tim Keller, a gun sense candidate, is facing a challenge from Manny Gonzales, a dangerous, gun lobby-aligned candidate who opposed background checks on all gun sales, making it easier for violent criminals to buy deadly weapons.
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“Mayors have long been on the frontlines of the fight for gun safety, because as executives, they know the buck stops with them,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Everytown will make sure voters understand the stark choice facing them at the ballot box: Mayor Tim Keller, a gun sense champion, or Manny Gonzales, who takes his cues from the gun lobby.”
“Mayor Tim Keller has been a strong gun sense champion who always puts the needs of his community and public safety first,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “His opponent on the other hand supports the gun lobby’s dangerous ‘guns everywhere’ agenda and opposed background checks on all gun sales. The contrast is clear and our grassroots army won’t let anyone forget.”
Earlier this month, Everytown Victory Fund announced a pilot down-ballot engagement program focused on defeating candidates for office who would violate their oaths by ignoring the rules on the books and refusing to enforce gun safety laws. So-called “second amendment sanctuary laws” like the one that Gonzales supported are unconstitutional efforts to invalidate all gun safety laws, and law enforcement officers nationwide have spoken out about how it makes their lives harder and puts their lives at risk.