For anyone still unclear about who’s on what side in the battle over guns in the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Patrick Murphy picked up another endorsement Tuesday from the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence.
Murphy, a Jupiter congressman, has been touting his support for “common sense” efforts to limit gun access. Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is seeking a second term, has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
“We’re turning grief and anger into action,” said Jason Lindsay, executive director of the Pride Fund, which formed following the shootings at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people and left 53 wounded.
The Pride Fund emerged from the LGBT community in Orlando.
Murphy said Rubio, “stands with the gun lobby. He is firmly in their grip.”
Murphy has been blasting Rubio for his support of the NRA agenda, which includes voting against a Senate measure shortly after the Orlando attack that would have barred those on the federal terrorist watch list from obtaining weapons.
In a conference call to announce Tuesday’s endorsement, Murphy also cast his campaign against Rubio as part of the larger battle for control of the U.S. Senate.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has poured money into Rubio’s race, while Murphy is being similarly helped by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, guided by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that if Chuck Schumer is the majority leader, there will be a vote early on to do something to pursue these common sense gun measures that I support…but it’s certainly not going to happen if Mitch McConnell is (in command),” Murphy said.
Rubio campaign spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said, “Marco is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He supports laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families.”