PHILADELPHIA, PA — Day three of the Democratic National Convention will perhaps be one of the event's most emotional, as most of the speakers are those whose lives have been directly impacted by mass shootings.
Erica Smegielski, daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School's slain principal, and Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, two of the three survivors of the Charleston massacre, will take the stage tonight to discuss Clinton's plan to advance gun control advocacy.
However, before the speeches begin, Moms Demand Action volunteers, including 27-year-old Diana Trasatti, communications lead for the organization's New Jersey chapter, are outside the convention center spreading awareness about gun sense.
"We're here in Philly to spread awareness of gun sense," Trasatti told Revelist. "We're talking to delegates, attendees of the convention, about ways to support Moms Demand Action for Common Sense Gun Measures."
The group advocates for gun control measures, like universal background checks, closing the terrorist loophole, and preventing domestic abusers from getting weapons, Trasatti explained.
The group has rallied behind Hillary Clinton because of her focus on gun violence prevention and her commitment to enacting change.
"Hillary has been really supportive of our movement," Trasatti explained. "Yesterday, she had Lucy McBath [speak], who's part of Moms Demand Action, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed. And Erica Smegielski, whose mom was shot and killed in Sandy Hook [is speaking tonight] so she really has embraced survivors of gun violence and made them her platform."
"I think Hillary can work toward building the things that we've been asking for, such as universal background checks, such as fixing the terrorist watchlist so that those who are on it don't have access to guns — but cleaning it up too, so that if you're not supposed to be on it, you're not on it."
The candidates' candidness when talking about gun control has been a refreshing change in this election cycle, Trasatti noted.
"Last election, eight years ago, gun violence wasn't even a topic. People tip-toed away from it," she said. "This year, candidates are really displaying their F-rating from the NRA, or their low grades from the NRA, and that's such a huge step from eight years ago."
Clinton's most recent rating from the NRA happens to be an F.
Gun violence takes the lives of 91 Americans, including children, every day, due to gun violence, including children and teens who are fatally shot each day. Trasatti firmly believes Hillary's the candidate who will drive these numbers down.
She's also stoked that the person who'll make that change is a woman.
"Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, even if you don't completely agree with her, I think to acknowledge that a woman has come this far and is the democratic nominee for president is pretty awesome for women."
Her fellow Moms Demand volunteer, Molly Langford, said watching Clinton officially get the nomination was a moment she'll never forget.
"My grandmother, when she was born, women did not have the right to vote," Langford told Revelist. "My mother grew up in a generation where women stayed home and took care of children. I grew up in a generation where women have made great strides, but there still is a glass ceiling."
"I have teenage boys. It was amazing to watch with my 15-year-old son, and for him to see that glass ceiling crack and blow a huge hole in the beliefs about what women can achieve."
"I get teary-eyed just thinking about it," Langford said.