NEGAUNEE, Mich. — Dana Ferguson has received the 2020 Moms Demand Action (MDA) 'Gun Sense Candidate' distinction.
"I’m proud to stand against gun violence in our country and believe that change is possible as long as we have resolve," said Ferguson. "As a dad, I want my children to go to school without the fear of gun violence or participating in traumatic active shooting drills."
MDA is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, and is the nation’s largest grassroots volunteer network working to end gun violence in America. With nearly six million supporters and volunteer chapters in every state, Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families.
The distinction signals to Everytown / MDA supporters, volunteers and voters across the country that a candidate stands for gun violence prevention and will govern with gun safety in mind, if elected.
Ferguson, who is a lead candidate in the Democratic Primary on Tues. Aug. 4 says it's unacceptable for our children — and any American — to live in this fear.
Earlier this month, Ferguson took the Sandy Hook Promise to advocate for bipartisan protection of students by encouraging and supporting solutions that make our communities and schools a safer place to be.
Ferguson said there are policies and programs we can pass today that would help prevent gun violence while encouraging gun safety and responsible gun ownership, including:
Background checks for all gun sales
94% of voters support
Red Flag laws
86% of voters support
Prohibiting domestic abusers from purchasing or possessing firearms
91% of voters support
"My promise to you and your family is that I will always advocate and work to make these types of policies a reality in Congress, so that we can save lives for generations to come," Ferguson said. "Together, as a community here in Michigan’s First District, we’ll fight to bring change in Congress."
Ferguson said as an aspiring legislator, he's encouraged by parents of the Sandy Hook victims and mothers supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities. The candidate committed his legislative intent to both organizations.
"Policies have been sitting on legislators' desks for years, with little to no movement," said Ferguson. "Jack Bergman, soon-to-be my Republican opponent, voted against HR8 — a common-sense bill requiring background checks — in 2019. We can protect the lives of our family and neighbors while still protecting our 2nd Amendment rights."
As a community, both here in the 1st District and nationally, he said we must be bold to stand up for those whose voices were taken from us too soon.
"We dishonor their memory and future generations by letting complacency become the norm," said Ferguson. "No more."
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Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. They pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of their families. The group also works in their own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. MDA knows gun violence is preventable, and they’re committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe.
Today, I need your help to pass common-sense gun legislation in Washington. Please consider a contribution to my campaign to help make our communities a safe place to live.