Parkland parents start PAC to take on NRA-backed candidates

"Change the law or change the lawmakers," says the Families vs. Assault Rifles PAC.

"Change the law or change the lawmakers."

That's the greeting visitors to Families vs. Assault Rifles PAC's website get, and it doesn't look like the organization — made up of parents of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland — is going to stop until that goal is achieved.

"The ultimate goal is to amend the National Firearms Act of 1934 by adding just a paragraph or two or whatever it takes to ban assault weapons and also ban the more dangerous accessories of assault weapons, such as high capacity magazines and bump stocks," said Jeff Kasky, a father of two Parkland students who survived the February 2018 massacre, to CNN.

Kasky is part of the group behind the PAC and said the organization can achieve what it wants by doing one thing.

"We have to take the NRA out of our politics," Kasky said.

According to organizers of the Families vs. Assault Rifles PAC, the idea behind putting up money against candidates who receive funding from the NRA is to elect candidates to Congress who endorse a bill to ban assault weapons.

"We are going to go up against NRA candidates in every meaningful race in the country," Kasky told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He also said financial backers have pledged to donate "multiples" of the donations the group receives.

According to Open Secrets — a nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit resource that tracks money in U.S. politics — the PAC's biggest donor to date is Paloma Partners, with $25,000 donated as of June 4.

Follow the PAC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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