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  • Founders of Sandy Hook Promise come to Maine to get out the vote on Question 3

    Mark and Jackie Barden, the founders of Sandy Hook Promise, will join volunteers in Maine, on Sunday to get out the vote in support of Question 3, which would require background checks for all gun sales in Maine.

    The Barden’s son, Daniel, was among the 20 first graders who were killed on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. He was just 7 years old. The Bardens, along with other Newtown families, founded the nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise to help prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.

    Mark and Jackie will speak to volunteers at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, November. 6, at 55 Bell St. in Portland and then will join a canvass team knocking on doors for the afternoon.

    Nearly 1,000 volunteers from all across Maine are participating in get out the vote activities this weekend in support of Question 3. They are knocking on doors, making phone calls and sending texts to urge voters to support background checks for all gun sales on Nov. 8.

    “Mark and Jackie have turned their grief into action, and it’s a honor to have them working with us this weekend to spread the word about how important Question 3 is,” said David Farmer, campaign manager for Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership. “No law will stop all crime, but we know that background checks work and will help to save lives in Maine.”

    Former US Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shoot and almost killed while talking with constituants, came to Maine twice to energize citizens to back Question 3.