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Gun control groups to rally in all 50 states to pressure GOP

With Trump openly discussing his support for background checks legislation — and the powerful National Rifle Association dogged by internal scandals — advocates believe it may be possible to win over Republican votes to move a bill through the Senate. The House has already passed sweeping legislation to expand background checks. "The American people want action on gun violence, and we’re saying so in a voice loud enough for every senator to hear,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement. “We’re unleashing the full power of our grassroots movement and leading our most aggressive August spending effort ever, to ensure the Senate gets the message and passes background checks and a strong federal ‘Red Flag’ law."

‘People are fed up’: After El Paso and Dayton shootings, gun-control groups seize momentum

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said she was encouraged after seeing “hearts and minds change” since the latest mass shootings, including among prominent Republicans. Two days after a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, left nine people dead, the state’s Republican governor, Mike DeWine, called for expanded background checks and other gun-control measures. Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) also announced his support for other gun-control measures. "After the two shooting tragedies in a row . . . it was very obvious that lawmakers were open — including some lawmakers who had never been open before to acting on this issue," Watts said. “We are definitely going to keep the momentum going for the next three weeks until the Senate comes back.” Moms Demand Action is scheduling meetings with every district office in states it views as NRA strongholds, including Texas and Florida. It is also running television ads in Kentucky to press McConnell to convene the Senate in an emergency session.

Democrats in Iowa Offer Plans to Combat Gun Violence

More than a dozen candidates were scheduled to appear at the forum, which was sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety and two of its branches, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action. The mere presence of so many Democratic candidates was evidence of how the party’s candidates are not shying away from talking about gun control in the 2020 race. “Gun safety is no longer the third rail of American politics,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

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