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This is how gun control groups plan to use teens’ birthdays to ‘tip the scales’ in Congress
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This is how gun control groups plan to use teens’ birthdays to ‘tip the scales’ in Congress

Gun control groups are reportedly planning to inundate teens with voter registration forms for their 18th birthday presents in an effort to "tip the scales" in their favor in Congress.

What are the details of this campaign?

The move is a part of the "Our Lives, Our Votes" campaign, and follows last month’s rallies across the country inspired by the February high school mass murder in Parkland, Florida.

"I think young people are going to make a huge difference in this election, and the new energy we’re seeing is going to tip the scales in a number of races," said Isabelle James, political director for gun control group Giffords, according to a Reuters report Wednesday.

Gun control groups involved in the movement have hopes that a warm reception to the forms will render at least 50,000 registrations before November's midterm elections. The groups are zeroing in on 10 states "where they believe pro-gun lawmakers are vulnerable" to target 17-year-olds turning the legal voting age before midterm elections.

Those 10 states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

What does Gabrielle Giffords say?

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Democratic representative who was gravely injured in a 2011 shooting in Arizona, told Reuters that children are the future if America wants change.

"America’s children took to the streets and led marches with a unified message that rang out across the country: We need a Congress that will protect us," Giffords said in a statement.

Organizers hope to reach the teens through mailed paper voter registrations and those sent through electronic communications.

Other groups behind the movement include NextGen America and Everytown for Gun Safety, according to the report.

James also says that the campaign isn't just targeting new voters in hopes that they, too, will push for a Democratic majority in Congress, but also supporting those Republicans who are pushing for stricter gun laws.

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