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Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action Applaud Rep. Eric Swalwell for Elevating Issue of Gun Violence Prevention in 2020 Presidential Campaign

June 18, 2019

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 Rep. Eric Swalwell’s multi-issue gun violence prevention plan.

“More and more voters are calling for leaders who will take action on gun safety — and more and more leaders are making robust plans to do exactly that,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Rep. Swalwell’s new gun safety platform is the latest evidence that preventing gun violence will be a key issue in the 2020 campaign.”

“Rep. Swalwell and other candidates across the country are running on the issue of gun safety because too many American families have experienced the trauma of gun violence firsthand,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We shouldn’t live in fear that we’ll become victims of gun violence. We need leaders willing to stand up to the gun lobby and end this crisis now.”

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 Cory Booker unveiled a gun violence prevention plan addressing both gun suicide and gun homicide.
  • Senator Kamala Harris announced her intention to take executive action if Congress fails to pass a background check bill in the first 100 days, as well as her plan to prohibit the importation of all AR-15-style assault weapons by executive action.
  • John Hickenlooper released a plan including background checks on every gun sale, limits on high-capacity magazines and funding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research on gun violence prevention.
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar released a first 100 days in office plan, which included a multi-issue gun violence prevention plan.
  • Beto O’Rourke unveiled a plan including background checks on every gun sale, prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, nationwide red flag laws and investing in funding research on gun violence.

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.

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