Local mothers hoping candidates talk about gun control in last debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stand at the beginning of the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. According to Twitter, Sunday’s debate was the most tweeted ever. (John Locher/AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night. Enslen Crowe and a group of Birmingham mothers will be watching and waiting to hear more from the candidates on gun control.

“For us it’s really a non-partisan issue,” Crowe said. She’s a member of the organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group advocates smart gun control laws. With more than 80 homicides in Birmingham this year, Crowe says she’s worried about the rise in gun crime.

“It probably stems from a lot of things. Whether it’s measures that allow people to have more open carry in areas in the public or whether it’s the ability of police to collect illegal guns that are out there because of loopholes that exist,” Crowe shared. The group is especially big on keeping children safe from guns.

In September, 4-year-old Rodriquez Ferguson was killed when a man started shooting while he was outside playing.

“The death of that child was a major concern for us and all over our Facebook and website,” Crowe said. She hopes that both candidates speak about their plans for gun control at the debate.

“I think we’d be very excited to hear both sides, including the Republican nominee, to talk about gun control and talk about gun sense policies um ones that make sense for our county and what we believe in,” Crowe said.

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