Parkland student Hogg and De Blasio link young voter registration to gun safety

Former Parkland high school student David Hogg is teaming up with mayors to promote voter registration in advance of the midterms, linking getting younger people to vote to moving forward on gun safety.

The student-founded organization March For Our Lives is teaming up with mayors from both parties for the new initiative, Mayors For Our Lives. Hogg said the initiative is crucial to advancing the cause of gun safety, the issue that originally sparked the creation of March For Our Lives. 

"When it comes to gun safety, what I hear from younger voters is uncompromising. They believe it's a matter of life and death. They're right," Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said in an appearance with Hogg on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe." 

“What David and his colleagues have done has changed American politics and awoken a…sleeping giant, which is younger voters," he added.

“The issue of gun safety is not Democrat or Republican. It’s an American issue that we face as a country…The only way we’re ever going to solve that is by working together as Democrats and Republicans and as Americans to solve this issue and registering everybody to vote,” Hogg said in the same appearance.

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“Young people are angry, but more importantly they want to see people that bring people together and don’t divide us more. They want to see Democrats and Republicans that actually make this country unified, and not even more divided than it is,” Hogg added. 

Mayors are pledging to increase the availability of voter registration forms to eligible students, maintain registration goals, enact get out the vote campaigns and work with other mayors.

“During our time traveling the country, we have been able to find common ground and agreement wherever we have gone, regardless of ideology. We are grateful for the participation of the United States Conference of Mayors, African American Mayors Association and cities across the nation who are pledging to help millions of young people engage in our democracy, understand the issues, and get to the ballot box,” Hogg, who co-founded March For Our Lives, said in a press release. 

Hogg on Thursday also cited efforts by March For Our Lives that he says have already produced significant increases in voter registration.

“Our team from March For Our Lives Orlando helped promote voter registration so much that it went up 90 percent in Florida, youth registration is up 41 percent,” he said.

March For Our Lives was founded following the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.