The Democratic National Convention is doing more than highlighting how much better the country could be under Hillary Clinton and Democratic control. It’s also putting faces to the egregious neglect and horror of the NRA’s control over the Republican Party.


This is not something that should have to be part of any presidential convention. But it has to be, when the NRA holds so much sway over the Republican Party.

The third day of the Democratic National Convention took a poignant turn when the families of victims of gun violence took to the stage, one by one, showing the dignity and grace of survivors in a country held hostage to the cowardice of Republican politicians.

Erica Smegielski, daughter of the Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung:

Charles Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner:

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard, survivors of the Mother Emanuel shooting in Charleston:

Actress Angela Bassett, reading the names of the Charleston victims:

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords:

Giffords’ husband and fellow gun control activist, Mark Kelly:

Sen. Chris Murphy:

Christine Leinonen, mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, killed in the Orlando attack, with survivors Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada:

The list could go on and on and on. They are the faces ignored by the GOP.  They are the faces that the NRA warns not to “politicize.” They are the faces of Americans touched by gun violence who will not be silenced.

[Susan Madrak contributed to this article.]