NEW YORK – In advance of the first Democratic debates this week, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, today released an online tracker, In Their Own Words, Where the 2020 Candidates Stand on Gun Safety.
The tracker details the policies presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle have said they would support to address gun violence, based on their public statements and policy proposals released thus far in connection with their 2020 candidacies. It allows voters to click through and read exactly what candidates have said on each policy area as part of these statements and proposals.
“When it comes to the 2020 presidential campaign, gun safety voters have an exciting problem to solve: comparing and contrasting the many gun safety proposals presented by the candidates,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Everytown is committed to helping voters identify gun safety champions and elect a president who will make protecting our communities from gun violence a top priority.”
“America has a gun violence crisis that demands a President who will prioritize urgent action to save the 100 people who are shot and killed – and hundreds more who are wounded – every day,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “This year, every presidential candidate will need to explain how they’ll make our families and communities safer, and – reflecting a sea change in American politics on this issue – many have already rolled out innovative plans.”
The policy tracker only covers the 2020 campaign, reflecting the most recent public positions taken by the presidential candidates in connection with their candidacies. The tracker covers prospective proposals rather than a candidate’s historical votes on gun safety issues. It will continue to be updated over the course of the 2020 campaign as candidates continue to speak about gun violence prevention and release gun safety proposals.