Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group is endorsing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE for president.
Everytown for Gun Safety said Friday it is backing Clinton, just days before her California primary challenge against Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Briahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE.
“Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who is willing to take on the gun lobby,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is partnered with Everytown.
“Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE talks about making America great again, but Hillary Clinton has made it clear she’s going to make America safe again,” Watts told The Hill.
The Everytown endorsement comes days after a murder-suicide involving a firearm on UCLA's campus, and days before California's primary. Clinton has criticized Sanders on the issue of gun control.
It's also one day past National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which Clinton commemorated Thursday by wearing an orange shirt on the campaign trail to express solidarity with the families of shooting victims.
Clinton has called for universal background checks that close a loophole that critics say allows criminals to buy firearms at gun shows and online without as much scrutiny. She also backed President Obama’s executive action on guns, after Congress refused to pass gun reform legislation.
Gun control groups say the former first lady is the first presidential candidate in history to make their cause a top campaign issue.
Clinton has used gun control as a wedge issue against Sanders, whom critics say has a mixed record on the issue. Meanwhile, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has cozied up to the National Rifle Association (NRA).
"When it comes to guns, Sanders simply falls short,” Watts said. “His support for criminal background checks for all gun sales has been inconsistent. He originally stood with gun manufacturers in granting them immunity.
“But Clinton has never wavered in her support,” Watts added. “She is really the only candidate who has consistently supported background checks, who stands with the survivors of gun violence, who opposes immunity for gun manufacturers, who has said she is willing and determined to take on the gun lobby.”
Everytown is the last major gun control group to back Clinton.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who survived the 2011 Tucson mass shooting, both endorsed Clinton in January.