A representative from Moms Demand Action sat down with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday morning where she repeatedly claimed that the gun-control group is “nonpartisan.”
Moms Demand Action is a national organization with chapters in states all across the country that are pushing for gun-control measures, such as the red-flag bill and universal background checks bill that recently cleared the Minnesota House Public Safety Committee. In Minnesota, the organization is often credited for helping flip the Minnesota House from Republicans to Democrats during the 2018 midterm election.
“I think I told you last year that if our leaders didn’t pass gun safety legislation then we would elect leaders who will, and that’s exactly what we did. We are just thrilled that the Minnesota House now has a majority that’s committed to taking action to save lives, and they’ve already done that by passing both criminal background checks and red flags out of the public safety committee,” Erin Zamoff of Moms Demand Action told Murphy.
She went on to note that “the Minnesota House and the governor are making this a priority in 2019,” and warned the Minnesota Senate that “it’s in their interest to get on board.”
“We’re a nonpartisan group. What we’re pushing for—we just had a really healthy and civil debate in the Public Safety Committee and we look forward to having that debate in the Senate. We will be pushing for hearings in the Senate, and we’re optimistic that after a hearing and debate, Minnesota Senators will end up where Minnesota voters are,” Zamoff continued.
Later in the interview, she again claimed that Moms Demand Action is a “nonpartisan” organization.
“I do think the Minnesota Senate should take note as to what happened in the Minnesota House in 2018. But I do want to emphasize that we are a nonpartisan group, and we’re really willing to have a conversation with anyone who wants to improve public safety,” she said.
But Rob Doar, political director of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, disagreed, calling it a “highly dubious claim.”
“They have repeatedly endorsed and campaigned for DFL candidates over their pro-gun-control Republican counterparts,” he said. “Most notably, they endorsed and worked for Heather Edelson’s race despite the fact that GOP endorsed candidate Dario Anselmo fully embraced their agenda, sponsored their bills, and even spoke at their rallies.”
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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Erin Zamoff” by Erin Zamoff, and “Moms Demand Action” is by Moms Demand Action.