Parkland parents form PAC to take on NRA candidates

Parkland parents form PAC to take on NRA candidates
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Parents from the Florida community where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a local high school are forming a political action committee to take on candidates backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The families are raising money to push the NRA out of politics and to demand bans on assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines in the U.S. 

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“We are going to go up against NRA candidates in every meaningful race in the country,” said Jeff Kasky, the father of student activist Cameron Kasky, who survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The organization, known as Families vs. Assault Rifles, started raising money Wednesday, and Jeff Kasky said that financial backers have already committed to donate “multiples” of the donations the group receives.

The mission of the group is "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," according to its website. The group registered with state and federal governments on May 18. 

The idea came from Democratic fundraiser Matt Gohd and got an endorsement from former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.).

“Wait until you see what we have in store for the NRA," Kasky added. "This is a way for [Stoneman Douglas] parents to have their say."

Student protests against gun violence took off after the Parkland shooting in February. Survivors of the shooting organized the March For Our Lives rally in March that more than a million people took part in.