In March of 2018 Little of Lakeville, along with Republican Sens. Paul Anderson of Plymouth and Scott Jensen of Chaska held a press conference on a bill he sponsored that would extend background checks to all firearms sales in the state. He continued to seek common sense gun safety solutions with his Republican counterparts, but the issue became a poster child for gridlock.
Preese is a local educator who has served as a leader for the non-partisan gun violence prevention organization, Moms Demand Action, at the local and state level for the past four years. She understands how to build relationships across party lines and how to navigate complicated issues to find common sense solutions.
Everytown for Gun Safety is an American nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control and against gun violence. Everytown was created in 2013 when Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America joined forces. It was founded by Mike Bloomberg, the successful businessman and philanthropist who has run for office as both a Republican and Democrat. Most recently he ran in the Democratic presidential primaries as an alternative centrist candidate to Joe Biden.
From the press release:
“We’re thrilled to endorse this incredible list of candidates who have proven they will be the gun sense champions that Minnesota is demanding,” said Jessica DeWeerth, a volunteer leader with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We worked hard to elect a gun sense majority in the House in 2018 and they didn’t let us down. Senate Republicans, on the other hand, continue to ignore Minnesotans and block gun safety so we’re putting our grassroots power to work to elect these gun sense candidates, protect the House majority, and flip the Senate.”
The Democratic-led Minnesota state House passed background check and red flag legislation for the second year in a row, but Republicans who control the Senate refused to take them up, gaveling out without any action. Republicans currently hold a two-seat majority in the Minnesota state Senate. Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund recently announced that it will spend at least $1 million between now and November 3 to flip the Minnesota state Senate to a gun sense majority and defend the gun sense majority in the Minnesota state House.
Here is the full press release of all the endorsements in Minnesota.