Eight Democratic presidential candidates came together for a common goal ahead of Thursday’s debate: An ending to gun violence in schools.
In an ad already shared and viewed hundreds of thousands of times since its release on Monday, the candidates appealed for a reprieve to mass shootings in schools. Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords’ gun control organization Giffords Courage To Fight Gun Violence launched the campaign, which implores Americans to elect a president who will enact meaningful change to gun policy.
The video features Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Giffords said in a statement that the “Gun Safety President” campaign aims to end Trump’s corrupt leadership and elect a president who will stand up to the gun lobby to protect kids and communities from gun violence.
“This campaign will give Americans a closer look at just how committed the candidates running against Trump are in the fight to save lives,” she stated.
Social media lit up with reactions from viewers:
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) September 10, 2019
I know without a doubt that there are millions of Republicans who agree with these Democrats. I suspect that, secretly, even @realDonaldTrump agrees. Don't let being on the right scare you from doing what IS right. Tell your reps to do SOMETHING. https://t.co/P6HVIPaa4R
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 10, 2019
I WILL VOTE FOR ANY OF YOU MY GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY PLEASE https://t.co/hWruulQxZG
— Allison Winn Scotch (@aswinn) September 10, 2019
— Jossie Valentin (@JossieValentin) September 10, 2019
Say what you will about the flaws in all of these candidates but, just, for a moment, imagine if this could be the next Presidential Cabinet. https://t.co/IjPDb2TuQ5
— Kat "Space Force Midshipwoman" Callahan (@JezebelKat) September 10, 2019
— Beth Kurth (@BethKurth) September 10, 2019
This is our winning strategy. Democrats need to keep this up and work together on the issues we can agree on. At least that way we can get this motherfucker out of office already before many more are killed from mass shootings, hate crimes, cops, and ICE camps. It all has to end. https://t.co/FFcBw0oHct
— Babylon the Great (@emilyisdeadd) September 10, 2019
Makes me cry. And gives me hope. https://t.co/MCefhu3TT6
— Michelle Moore (@MarigotC) September 10, 2019
If this doesn't give you goose bumps we are not wired the same. https://t.co/rlmQ69G31f
— Jeff McFadden (@homemadeguitars) September 10, 2019
And this is why I will vote for any one of these candidates. https://t.co/A4eKE4cUN3
— Britt Drehobl (@brittdrehobl) September 10, 2019
— Katie Ward (@katiefward) September 10, 2019
— Megan ⚖✊🌈 🌱 (@mgremb) September 10, 2019
I’m speechless. I’ve never seen anything like this. Good for GiffordsPAC and all the candidates who participated. https://t.co/CxNAiujW9u
— maryb2004 (@maryb2004) September 10, 2019
Now that's what I want to see much more than a debate: a unified message from the whole team https://t.co/dNGycQQZaI
— Kressel (@Kressel__H) September 10, 2019
Every morning when I take my kid to school:We sit in the lobby on a bench and I kiss her and tickler her and kiss her some more. I tell her to have a good day and be a good girl.And I hope that she doesn't get shot before I can pick her up again. https://t.co/MSNECV1Nov
— Dr. Jennifer Mercieca (@jenmercieca) September 10, 2019
Every semester, I stand at the front of a classroom and I tell people where to go if there is a shooter. And for most of my classrooms, the only instruction I can give them is this:Run. There is no safe space here. https://t.co/uh7uEAKwuZ