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NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Because Defeating NRA ‘Takes a Movement,’ March for Our Lives Co-Founder Joins Sanders Campaign as Gun Violence Prevention Advisor

A co-founder of March for Our Lives, the group formed by survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in 2018, joined Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign Saturday, saying he believes a “movement” that has captured the support of young people across the country is what is needed to fight gun violence and the powerful gun lobby. Matt Deitsch, who has led the national grassroots pro-gun control group’s strategy, will serve as Sanders’ gun violence prevention advisor, building on the senator’s gun violence policy by working closely with other survivors, gun control advocates, and organizations. “America’s gun violence epidemic is a public health crisis that requires dedicated organizing. The military industrial complex has tainted our health across America and abroad,” Deitsch said in a statement. “I am proud of Senator Sanders’ growth and commitment to ending gun violence, and we won’t win this fight for all of our safety unless we organize at a historic level. And that’s what we are setting out to do with this effort.” Noting that Sanders has garnered some criticism over the years from anti-gun groups for not supporting mandatory background checks for gun purchases in the 1990s and supporting immunity from lawsuits for gun manufacturers, other advocates joined Deitsch in applauding the senator for his evolution on the issue as gun violence in the U.S. has gained more national attention and lax regulations have made shootings more deadly.  [full article]

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