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Ad urges young people to run against Fla. state lawmakers backed by NRA

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A liberal organization is running an ad in Broward County’s main newspaper, the Sun-Sentinel, urging young people to run against Florida state lawmakers who are supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Politico reported Sunday. 

“THE NRA IS KILLING OUR KIDS,” reads the ad, which was paid for by Run for Something, a group that seeks to recruit millennials to run for office.  

“These 25 state legislators are running unopposed this November — and they’re complicit in the gun violence in our community. Hold them accountable. Run against them. We will help you.”

Politico Playbook first reported the ad.

{mosads}The ad lists Florida lawmakers who hold “A” or “A+” ratings from the NRA.

Run for Something launched last year in the hopes of recruiting people under 35 to run for office. 

The organization said it recruited more than 1,200 millennials to run for office in the days following President Trump’s inauguration. 

The ad comes amid a renewed debate on gun control in the weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., located in Broward County. Seventeen people were killed in the shooting.

Trump has called for “comprehensive” background checks, in addition to calling for the end of bump stock sales and a rise in the age to purchase weapons like AR-15s.

He has faced pushback, however, from the NRA and Republican lawmakers. 

Trump recently defended the NRA, which has come under fire from many advocating for stricter gun laws, calling the organization’s leaders “Great People and Great American Patriots.”

 

 

Trump has also called for arming teachers, but he has faced intense pushback from Democrats and members of his own party. 

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