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Friday, November 3, 2017

Suicide Prevention Walk Organizers Turn Away Demanding Moms

Organizers of a suicide prevention walk held in San Diego last Saturday turned away Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action because of the group’s strong anti-gun stance.

The local Demanding Moms had sought to man a booth at the “Out of the Darkness” community walk. Jessica van der Stad, regional director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, rejected participation by the Moms group.

“Their organization’s legislative stance related to guns is inconsistent with our efforts,” van der Stad told voiceofsandiego.org. “As a suicide prevention organization, we are not in the business of saying who can and cannot own firearms. We are in the business of saving lives.”

According to the voiceofsandiego.org report, the Brady Campaign then emailed the group to determine if members could wear their Brady Campaign T-shirts at the event, but were told by Che Hernandez, chair of the suicide prevention foundation’s San Diego chapter: “Upon consulting with our national leadership, we still are unable to have the Brady Campaign/Moms Demand Action promote itself at our community events.”