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Jordan Davis’ mother: What I want Trump to know about gun violence

As a June report by Everytown for Gun Safety and the National Urban League documents, there are some local programs that are reducing gun violence on neighborhood-by-neighborhood levels. But ask anyone involved, and they’ll tell you: The list of challenges they’re up against is long. In this country, 32 states — including Indiana, which borders the city of Chicago — have what’s called a “private sale loophole” in which criminals and other dangerous people can obtain guns online or at gun shows, without a background check, no questions asked. Across the U.S., these states contribute a disproportionate share of the guns traced from crime scenes to a sale in another state.

Why two top gun control advocates are supporting Republicans over Democrats in two key Senate races

And former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent and Hillary Clinton supporter, endorsed Toomey earlier this month, citing the senator's leading role on a background check bill after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Bloomberg's super PAC released an ad with the daughter of the Sandy Hook principal saying she's "grateful" for Toomey. In Pennsylvania, grass-roots groups affiliated with Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety group are actively campaigning for Toomey over his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. The message is clear: The gun control movement has the back of Republicans who cross party lines for their cause.

Q and A with Erica Smegielski on gun safety legislation, Hillary Clinton, and your need to vote

Erica first became involved with Everytown in the follow-up to the vote on Manchin-Toomey, when she was actively pushing for the legislation. Erica is on staff at Everytown as a Partnerships Manager. She has authored numerous Op-Eds supporting common-sense gun legislation, and has spoken at fundraisers all over the country. She also famously called out Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) for refusing to support the Manchin-Toomey bill. Whether or not you saw her speech during the Democratic National Convention, you certainly have been affected by her ongoing work at Everytown to bring common-sense change to our current network of state and federal gun safety laws.

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