Gabby Gifford’s gun control movement comes to city hall

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State Rep. David Kerner

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Vocal Majority movement for “common sense” gun laws came to West Palm Beach city hall Tuesday, minus its namesake.

Vocal Majority spokeswoman Lauren North said Giffords, who survived a 2012 assassination attempt, was busy promoting the event elsewhere on Tuesday, as the group tries to turn Election Day 2016 into a referendum on gun violence, by drumming up support nationwide. The group aims to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, terrorists, criminals “and the dangerously mentally ill,” North said.

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Gabrielle Giffords

Mayor Jeri Muoio and City Commissioner Sylvia Moffett spoke at the brief event to lend their support to the effort, and to voice their endorsements of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, an advocate of gun restrictions.

Florida State Rep. David Kerner, D-Palm Springs, urged the public to press their elected officials to strengthen gun laws. Kerner, who said he was speaking as a former prosecutor “fed up” with a vocal minority opposed to gun laws, urged voters to empower elected officials “to stand up against the NRA.”

“The issue will define for many decades the morals and values of our nation,” Kerner said.

Moffett, whose district has seen more than its share of gun violence, urged residents to vote for candidates¬†up and down the ticket who favor gun control. “Substantive but easy fixes can be put in place,” she said.

A person on the federal “no-fly” list shouldn’t be able to buy a gun at a gun show,” she added.

“It’s heart-wrenching and there’s something we can do about it,” Mayor Muoio added, “by enacting common sense gun laws.”

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