GunSense Vermont founder and gun violence prevention advocate Ann Braden has announced that she will be step down from her leadership role with the organization to publish a book and to run for public office.
Braden has been accepted into the Emerge Vermont program which trains Democratic women candidates, and she is planning to run for political office, according to a statement from the GunSense group. Her middle-grade novel will be published by Sky Pony Press and is due out next fall.
Braden founded GunSense Vermont shortly after the December 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. As a former teacher and mother of young children, Braden started the grassroots organization by circulating an online petition demanding universal background checks for all gun sales in Vermont.
Since then, the group has advocated for background checks and public policies to reduce gun violence.
“The board of GunSense Vermont is exceedingly grateful to Ann for bringing us together and spearheading this work,” said Clai Lasher-Sommers, the acting executive director of GunSense. The group’s statement said it would continue to work towards establishing universal background checks.