March for Our Lives to leave empty seats for lawmakers at town halls
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Organizers affiliated with the "March For Our Lives" movement against gun violence will leave empty seats for lawmakers of both parties who don't attend town hall events in their districts on Saturday.

A list of scheduled events on, which partnered with the "March For Our Lives" for Saturday's "Town Halls for Our Lives" series of events, denotes which invited lawmakers will actually attend today's events and which lawmakers will not.


More than 100 events are scheduled in 34 states on Saturday. More than 70 will be held in GOP districts, while about 30 will be held in Democratic districts, ABC News reports.

Many lawmakers from both parties will attend Saturday's events around the country, including Reps. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — NYT says Cohen taped Trump on payments | Trump floats tariffs on all Chinese imports | Russia open to new summit House Dem on inviting Putin to US: ‘He shouldn’t be in our country’ Dem on Putin coming to US: 'You don't invite the burglar to dinner' MORE (D-Calif.), Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaNew Dem star to rattle DC establishment Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill next week FTC Democrat hires tech critic who wrote paper describing Amazon as monopoloy MORE (D-Calif.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP lawmaker criticizes calls for Trump's Russian interpreter to testify Key GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment GOP lawmaker regrets appearing on Alex Jones's radio show MORE (R-Fla.), Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyProxy advisors do need to be regulated Fox News contributor: Black people tell me conditions in border detention centers 'are better than some of the projects' Trump mocks 'elites' at campaign rally MORE (R-Wis.) and many others. Still more agreed to "office hours" with activists to hear concerns from constituents with staff members in a less public setting.

Several senators are also holding town halls on Saturday, though no Republicans were on the organization's list.

Massachusetts Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Hillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns MORE (D), Virginia Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineGraham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race MORE (D) and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders mocks Trump: ‘He could change his mind tomorrow’ Sunday shows preview: Questions linger over Trump-Putin summit Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE (I) were all scheduled to hold events Saturday.

A number of lawmakers from both parties, however, will be represented instead by empty chairs at the events, meant to symbolize the lawmakers' absence from the conversation.

Among the lawmakers targeted for the "empty chair town halls" include House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress Interior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia MORE (R-Wis.), Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyTop Dem lawmaker pushing committee for closed-door debrief with Trump’s interpreter Dem rep knocks Trump’s credibility: ‘Would' versus 'wouldn't' is a ‘pretty big deal’ Hoping to catch fire, House Dems eye White House MORE III (D-Mass.), Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillHistory argues for Democratic Senate gains Polling analyst: Same Dems who voted for Gorsuch will vote for Kavanaugh Pollster: Kavanaugh will get Dem votes MORE (D-Mo.), and Rep. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithElection Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas Greens sue EPA over ‘super-polluting’ truck rule Lawmakers scold NASA for cost overruns MORE (R-Texas).

In a statement to The Hill, a representative for McCaskill's office confirmed that while lists McCaskill as an "empty chair," the senator will send a staff member to answer questions at an event in St. Louis on Saturday.

About 121 lawmakers are scheduled to miss the town hall events in their district, the website reports.

Students from Parkland, Fla., have rallied around the cause of stopping gun violence through increased gun control after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February killed 17 people. Students organized the "March for Our Lives" rally held in Washington, D.C., in March. Numerous corresponding events were held simultaneously in other cities and countries.

-Updated 12:42 p.m.