Newtown Action Alliance Releases Mid-Term Candidate Endorsements
The anti-gun violence group endorses 21 Senate and 212 House of Representatives incumbents and candidates for the midterm elections.
NEWTOWN, CT — The Newtown Action Alliance has released the following statement, along with their national candidate endorsements in the Nov. 6 election:
“The Newtown Action Alliance is proud to endorse 21 Senate and 212 House of Representatives incumbents and candidates for the Midterm Elections on November 6, 2018. The endorsed candidates are either incumbents who have cosponsored Senator Diane Feinstein (S. 2095) and Representative David Cicilline’s(H.R.5087) Assault Weapons Ban legislation or 2018 Midterm candidates*who have made a commitment to support a ban if elected.
“On December 14, 2012, a gunman with an AR-15 with high capacity magazines gunned down 20 children and six educators in less than five minutes. Since then, assault weapons have been used by other mass shooters to kill innocent Americans in San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and Parkland.
“Since the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, the number of mass shooting incidents has escalated. Semi-automatic military style assault weapons with high capacity magazines are not commonly used to hunt animals or for self defense but are commonly used to hunt innocent human beings in schools, movie theaters, nightclubs, concerts, places of worship and other public spaces. In addition, a recent Violence Policy Center analysis showed that one in four law enforcement officers are slain in the line of duty by an assault weapon.
“Po Murray, Chairwoman of Newtown Action Alliance stated, “It’s simple! Weapons of war do not belong in the hands of civilians and Congress must pass a federal ban on assault weapons to protect our children, families and communities. Those living in Newtown know firsthand that one assault weapon can devastate multiple families and an entire community in a matter of minutes. Polls demonstrate that 67% of Americans support a ban on assault weapons and it’s time for Americans to elect congressional representatives who will listen.”
“This message is not approved by, or coordinated with, any candidate for office or any political party. Newtown Action Alliance,www.newtownaction.org, is a 501(c) (4) organization based in Newtown CT, and is an all-volunteer national grassroots organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is to achieve the steady and continuous reduction of gun violence through legislative and cultural change.”
Authors: Rich Kirby, Patch Staff
Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune
Read the full list of endorsements.