2020 Democrats call for gun control on anniversary of Parkland shooting

2020 Democrats call for gun control on anniversary of Parkland shooting
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Several Democratic 2020 presidential contenders called for gun reform on Friday, the anniversary of the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. 

The online posts calling for action to curb gun violence came two years to the day since a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a massacre that helped revive the national conversation on gun control. 

“Today we remember the 17 students and staff killed two years ago in the horrific Parkland shooting. No family should ever face that unimaginable loss,” tweeted Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.). 

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“To the families, first responders, Parkland community, and survivors of gun violence everywhere, 2020 must be the year we stop accepting the unacceptable," said former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary The Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries MORE.

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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia Warren-backed amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to defense bill MORE (D-Mass.) vowed to “keep fighting” for gun control, while former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has donated heavily to gun control advocacy groups, said he would keep pursuing “efforts to end gun violence.”

Gun control has been an issue of general consensus in the fractured primary field, with several candidates backing efforts to expand background checks and some favoring implementing an assault weapons ban.

The country has witnessed a surge in activism surrounding gun control since the Parkland shooting; many of the high school survivors went on to create the March For Our Lives movement.