NEW YORK — Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action announced more participants in the urgent gun safety presidential forum on Saturday in Des Moines in the wake of the tragic mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.
The forum will be for members of the Everytown Gun Safety Action Fund including volunteers with Moms Demand Action, survivors of gun violence and volunteers with Students Demand Action from around the country who will gather in Des Moines to learn about each candidate’s action plans to address gun violence in the wake of the recent mass shootings and the daily gun violence that kills 100 people every day and wounds hundreds more.
Confirmed attendees so far include:
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Governor Steve Bullock
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro
Senator Kamala Harris
Governor John Hickenlooper
Governor Jay Inslee
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Elizabeth Warren
The event will be hosted by the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, with featured speakers:
Michael R. Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and founder of Everytown for Gun Safety
John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
“There has never been more momentum in the gun safety movement than there is right now, but political inaction continues to take a tragic toll,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Everytown for Gun Safety. “The shootings in El Paso and Dayton have rightly outraged Americans, and we are going to make sure that gun safety is front and center in this presidential election – something that is long overdue.”
“There has never been a more urgent time for 2020 candidates to tell Americans exactly how they will address gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Even before the horrifying events in El Paso and Dayton — not to mention the daily gun violence in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Houston and other cities — presidential candidates were speaking out about gun safety as never before. But now more than ever, Americans need to focus on the role the next President and our other elected officials will play in determining the safety of our children.”
“There is not a parent left in America who isn’t terrified that their child could be next,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We need to know now how the next president will address gun violence and work with urgency to keep our families safe. In turn, Moms Demand Action volunteers will be out in force to support candidates we know will prioritize public safety.”
More details will be announced in the coming days. Media must be credentialed for this event. Please contact [email protected] for more information.