Gun Violence to Take Center Stage at Democratic National Convention

It's a big issue surrounding this election for activists.

A group of mothers, dubbed by the campaign as “Mothers of the Movement,” will take the stage tonight at the Wells Fargo Center and likely discuss the impact of having their children killed as a result of either guns or police-involved actions.

Another prominent victim of gun violence took a different stage this morning, however.

“I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line,” she said in her brief remarks. “Now is the time to come together -— Democrats, Republicans, everyone. We must never stop fighting!”

She was followed by Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, who has also campaigned for Clinton.

“If Hillary Clinton wins, she wins with a mandate on this issue and that's the first time in 20 years that we’ve had a presidential candidate run openly strongly on this issue,” Murphy said at a press briefing for the group this morning shortly after the rally.

“This ticket clearly shows that there's a sea change in the politics of this issue. In the presidential campaigns on down, [candidates] are running on this issue and we feel they will win on this issue,” Kelly said.

He said that Americans for Responsible Solutions has been “working with the Clinton campaign on messaging on this issue” and is optimistic.

“It says a lot on how you can run on this issue, and what we think will happen is that Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton will win on this issue,” Kelly said.

There definitely appear to be voters who are responding to the talk.

Daphne Handford, a Philadelphia local, attended the rally in Logan Square and said that gun rights is the make-or-break issue of 2016 for her.

“I’m a one issue voter and that issue is gun violence,” Hanford told ABC.

“We either live with hate and feel unsafe or pass laws to end the gun violence,” she said.

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