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NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, released the following statement in response to Senator Cory Booker’s gun violence prevention plan.
“Senator Booker and other candidates are making gun safety a key part of their presidential platforms because they know the American people are looking for leaders who will take action to stop preventable tragedies,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “There is no question that gun safety will be a defining issue of the 2020 campaign.”
“The time for running for office while ignoring our gun violence crisis has come and gone,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Candidates across the board are making gun safety a priority in their 2020 campaigns because their constituents have demanded it. Today, candidates ignore gun violence prevention at their own political peril.”
Although it is still early days, the 2020 presidential cycle has been notable for the number of candidates proudly embracing gun safety as an issue to run and win on. To name just a few: Senator Kamala Harris recently announced her intention to take executive action if Congress fails to pass a background check bill in the first 100 days. Congressman Eric Swalwell has made gun safety a central issue in his campaign. Congressman Tim Ryan wore a “We Can End Gun Violence” t-shirt in his kickoff video. And Senator Elizabeth Warren has decried the influence of the NRA. Moms Demand Action volunteers are attending candidate forums to elevate the issue of gun safety around the country — and will continue to do so until the 2020 election.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs