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 Townhallproject.com, 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 SwalwellOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation MORE (D-Calif.), Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Dems demand accounting from Big Oil Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Democrats call for oil company executives to testify on disinformation campaign MORE (D-Calif.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzWashington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally Police brace for Capitol rally defending Jan. 6 mob Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments MORE (R-Fla.), Sean DuffySean DuffyFirst lady's press secretary calls on Rachel Campos Duffy, Fox News to apologize for host's comments Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms 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.
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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 RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.), Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedySupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote MORE III (D-Mass.), Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRepublicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri MORE (D-Mo.), and Rep. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithEx-officers acquitted in beating of Black colleague who was undercover at St. Louis protests Bottom line In partisan slugfest, can Chip Roy overcome Trump troubles? MORE (R-Texas).
In a statement to The Hill, a representative for McCaskill's office confirmed that while TownHall.com 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.