Since the tragedy in Parkland, FL, students from Stoneman Douglas High School have campaigned to ban firearms like the AR-15. Now their parents have formed a new political action committee determined to take over Congress and make harsher gun laws a reality.
Last Wednesday the group, Families versus Assault Rifles, started taking donations for the November midterms. The super PAC was formed late in May as a counter to the National Rifle Association.
“FAMSVARPAC’s mission is twofold and clear,” the group’s website states. “To remove the NRA from our political system, and then to amend the National Firearms Act of 1934 to include a BAN on assault weapons, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines … We echo the words of March for our Lives: ‘Either change the law or change the lawmakers.’ We plan to do both.”
According to Amy Harwood, a spokeswoman for the group, Families versus Assault Rifles will not support any candidate during the midterm election. Instead they’ll use negative advertising to target politicians supported by the NRA. In fact the group has already fired vitriolic rhetoric at Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
One day after the Santa Fe shooting, the committee’s Twitter feed asked if it was too early to call Rubio “little prayer b*tch,” after the senator sent his condolences to the victims and their families.
Jeff Kasky, father of activist Cameron Kasky and co-founder of the committee, was unapologetic for the tweet. “They’re sellouts,” he said in reference to pro gun politicians. “Somebody’s gotta call it for what it is.” Kasky also said that the group is already receiving commitments from “mega donors” who will match any grass roots contributions.
There’s not a shadow of a doubt that the November midterms will be a pivotal election for gun owners. While Families versus Assault Rifles is new and lacks the established political machinery of the NRA, the super PAC has a lot of momentum. With the Parkland students receiving constant media coverage, the gun control lobby has a massive platform to spread its message and generate donations for candidates who want to curtail the Second Amendment.
With enough funds, groups like Families versus Assault Rifles could really damage pro-gun candidates. And come November, activists like Jeff Kasky might soon be pulling all the strings.
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