With the midterm elections less than three weeks away, there’s a lot of attention being given to a few races here in Virginia by national organizations like the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. For those who don’t know, the Pride Fund is a relatively new organization with the goal to “serve as the strong, concentrated voice of the LGBTQ community in the movement to stop senseless gun tragedies.” It’s been actively raising money for pro-LGBT candidates who support commonsense gun control and mobilizing people to support their candidacy.
For the 2018 elections, the Pride Fund has endorsed 22 candidates (4 for US Senate, 12 for the House of Representatives, 3 for Governor, 1 for state Attorney General, and 2 for state legislature). Three of those candidates are right here in Virginia; Senator Tim Kaine, Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), and Elaine Luria (VA-02). In addition to releasing an ad focusing in on Virginia’s 10th District a couple weeks ago, the Pride Fund just released an ad going after Scott Taylor in Virginia’s 2nd District.
There are several reasons for the Pride Fund to get involved in this race, but perhaps the most obvious is Elaine Luria is actively fighting for commonsense gun reforms like renewing the assault weapon ban and making it illegal for people convicted of domestic violence to buy guns. Scott Taylor, however, has accepted an enormous amount of money from the NRA. The Pride Fund’s Executive Director Jason Lindsay highlighted how this is even the case after horrible mass shootings have taken place.
“Speaking as an Iraq war veteran with the U.S. Army, I am confident that Elaine will use her military background as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer to guide her decisions about gun safety and, unlike Representative Scott Taylor, will prioritize the safety of her constituents over the gun lobby’s blood money,” Jason said. “Taylor showed his true allegiance to the NRA when he accepted a campaign check from them just one day after the horrific Parkland shooting that took the lives of 17 high school students and educators.”