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 Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s plan for her first 100 days as president if elected, that includes a gun violence prevention plan.
“Sen. Klobuchar’s new gun safety platform is another reminder that ending America’s gun violence crisis is already one of the defining issues of the 2020 campaign,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “More and more voters are calling for leaders who will take action on gun safety — and more and more leaders are making concrete plans to do just that.”
“Senator Klobuchar has been a strong fighter for gun safety in the Senate and now she joins a field full of presidential candidates with strong and innovative ideas to stop gun violence,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Gun violence kills nearly 40,000 Americans annually. We deserve a president who will do what it takes to keep our families safe.”
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.
- 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.
- Representative Eric Swalwell released a plan including background checks on every gun sale, prohibiting assault weapons and protecting victims of domestic violence by closing the “boyfriend loophole.”
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.