Moms Demand Action Recognizes Congressman Dan Kildee as Gun Sense Candidate
July 2, 2018
Grassroots organization for gun reform backs Kildee’s common sense agenda to reduce violence in communities
Congressman Dan Kildee announced his recognition as an official Guns Sense Candidate today by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Moms Demand Action is a nationwide grassroots organization formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting by concerned mothers to advocate for sensible gun reform and boasts over four million members across the country, including several chapters in Michigan.
“I am proud to have the support of Moms Demand Action as we stand together to protect our communities from senseless gun violence. From Sandy Hook and Parkland to the everyday gun violence that has ravaged communities like Flint and Saginaw, deadly shootings have been met with moments of silence that have turned into years of silence without any action to address this growing violence,” said Congressman Kildee. “It’s time to enact common sense gun legislation to protect our communities. I am proud to have an F rating from the NRA. For far too long, special interests and the gun lobby has stood in the way of meaningful reform.”
Congressman Kildee has been a leading voice in Congress on common sense gun reform. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Congressman Kildee introduced a bipartisan bill that would close the bump stock loophole, which allows deadly devices to be turned into machine guns. Bump stocks were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern history in Las Vegas. Congressman Kildee also introduced the Help Communities Fight Violent Crimes Act, which would give additional funding to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to conduct surge programs in cities like Flint and Saginaw to address everyday gun violence and root out violent crime. Kildee has long supported legislation to end the gun show loophole and create universal background checks.
Congressman Kildee has also been a prominent advocate for gun reform on the national stage. Kildee brought Rev. Jeffery Hawkins, a Flint pastor and father who lost his two sons to gun violence and an outspoken advocate for gun reform, as his guest to the State of the Union. Congressman Kildee has prioritized hearing from students about gun reform, participating in the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force which heard from gun violence survivors, as well as meeting with students from high schools in Michigan’s Fifth Congressional District on the topic. He also attended March for Our Lives rallies in both Flint and Saginaw at the invitation of students, to speak about the need for common sense gun reform.
Congressman Kildee was first elected to Congress in 2012 and is serving in third term in Congress. He currently serves as the Vice Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee as well as a Senior Whip.
The Fifth Congressional District includes Genesee, Bay, Arenac and Iosco counties and parts of Tuscola and Saginaw counties.