March 26, 2018 at 2:41 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Pride Fund endorses Kaine for re-election

The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence on March 26, 2018, endorsed U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) for re-election. (Screenshot via YouTube)

The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence on Monday announced it has endorsed U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) for re-election.

Pride Fund Executive Director Jason Lindsay in a press release noted Kaine was Virginia’s governor in 2007 when a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech.

“In the years since that tragedy, Kaine has worked tirelessly to close the loopholes that allowed the Virginia Tech shooter to purchase his weapon, and has fought to strengthen background checks to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons,” added Lindsay. “Senator Kaine is a critical leader in the fight to pass gun safety measures, and we’re proud to endorse him for re-election to ensure that his voice and votes are heard in the Capitol.”

Kaine in the same press release said he is “so proud” to receive the Pride Fund’s endorsement.

“Our country is finally being shaken from its complacency in the face of gun violence thanks to the advocacy of young people and groups like the Pride Fund, who are stepping up to say ‘never again,’” he said. “In my campaign, I will continue calling for making background checks universal, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and improving our mental health systems.”

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart, state Sen. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) and E.W. Jackson are among the Republicans who are running in the U.S. Senate race. Kaine in November will face off against the winner of the Republican primary.

Kaine speaks at ‘March for Our Lives’ rally

The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a political action committee that formed after the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

A gunman on Feb. 14 killed 17 people when he opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence endorsed Kaine two days after more than a million supporters of gun control took part in “March for Our Lives” events that took place in D.C. and around the world. Kaine participated in a “March for Our Lives” march and rally in Richmond, Va.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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