The gun violence prevention group co-founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in an assassination attempt in 2011, has endorsed Tim Keller in Albuquerque’s mayoral race.
Giffords, the nonprofit founded by the former congresswoman and her husband, retired astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of Keller and mayoral candidates in Seattle and Boston on Tuesday.
“Our nation needs bold leaders like Tim Keller, who prioritize public safety instead of parroting the gun lobby’s talking points,” the former Arizona congresswoman said in a news release. “Tim’s plan to combat gun violence includes supporting local, state, and federal regulations that target the trafficking of illegal guns.”
Giffords was among 19 people shot in Tucson in 2011 by Jared Loughner, who was sentenced to life in prison. Six people died in the shooting. Giffords, who was shot in the head, is partially paralyzed and suffers from a language disorder. She said more than 36,000 Americans were killed by guns last year.