- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A leading anti-gun violence activist in Massachusetts is launching a new national political action committee aimed at appealing to average citizens for contributions to battle the firearms lobby.

Stop Handgun Violence founder John Rosenthal said Friday that he’s creating the crowd-funded Don’t Be a Target PAC to let Americans go “toe-to-toe with the gun lobby’s well-financed political machine, and hold Congress accountable for its failure to act on common sense gun violence prevention reforms.”

Rosenthal said he wants to fight money with money. He said the campaign will accept donations from individuals in any amount through a Kickstarter page and will include matching donations from existing pledged donors.

Rosenthal said he decided to launch the PAC after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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