Parkland parents are banding together to take aim at politicians funded by the National Rifle Association.
The newly formed super PAC, called the Families vs. Assault Rifles PAC, is setting its sights on ousting lawmakers receiving support from the NRA, and also amending the National Firearms Act of 1934, which allows the sale of assault weapons.
The group is made up of parents who lost their children in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as parents of survivors whose children’s lives were forever changed when the gunman killed 14 students and three faculty members.
Jeff Kasky, whose son Cameron survived the massacre and has since gone on to co-found March for Our Lives, told CNN the group’s ultimate goal is to achieve a ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks — but to get there, they’ll have to remove the NRA from the equation.
“Most Americans agree that there needs to be some common-sense gun reform. Why don’t we have it?” he said. “The party in power is being controlled by the NRA.”
Since 2007, more than 173 people in the U.S. have been killed in mass shootings involving AR-15s, according to the New York Times, the same weapon the Parkland shooter used in his attack.
The PAC’s website lists donation requests of $17, in honor of the 17 victims killed at the high school.