By Ashleigh Albert
PHILADELPHIA – Diana Trasatti and Meghan Adamoli, two mothers from Collingswood, NJ, want delegates at the Democratic National Convention to remember the number 91.
That is the number of Americans who die each day in gun-related incidents, they said.
As volunteers for the organization, Moms Demand Action, the two women spent the week in the halls of the Philadelphia Convention Center talking to attendees and asking them to sign a pledge to only vote for candidates who support tighter gun-control measures.
“Today politicians are taking pledges to end gun violence,” said Trasatti “We’ve come such a long way.”
Trasatti, 27, said she became passionate about gun law reform after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. She joined the organization’s Facebook page and later started to volunteer.
Moms Demand Action formally endorsed Hillary Clinton months ago. Trasatti hopes now that the nomination process is over, the party will come together around common issues.
“I think Sanders’ speech two nights ago indicated he wants the party to unify,” said Trasatti.
Adamoli, 35, made it clear that the organization is not against the Second Amendment, but advocates for what they call “gun sense laws,” which means for example, people shouldn’t be allowed to carry weapons in grocery stores.
“We simply need something to change,” she told delegates and guests who stopped at the stand.
Although gun control is a controversial issue, Adamoli said the response at the DNC has been overwhelmingly positive.
“There are so many people with differing views across the country, but everyone’s been so genuine,” said Adamoli.
Initially a Sanders supporter, Adamoli ended up voting for Clinton in the New Jersey primary because of the gun issue.
“It’s okay to be a single issue voter,” she said. “If members of the gun lobby are single-issue voters, people on the other end are allowed to be too.”
Adamoli added that she’s proud to be a resident of a state with tough laws against gun violence.
“We’ve got to make sure that stays strong and fight down attempts to take that away,” Adamoli said. “Being here is just one step into making gun-laws stronger. It’s a great way to start.”