Lee Daniels Addresses Gun Violence at the Democratic Convention: "We Need to Take Action"
"There's only one candidate willing to take on the gun lobby and keep our families safe."
Filmmaker Lee Daniels took the stage on day three of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to speak about gun violence and share his support of Hillary Clinton.
Daniels introduced two survivors of the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Fla., and the mother of one of the victims. He started his speech by telling the audience that his father was a police officer, "shot and murdered right here in Philadelphia," and that he and several members of his family have been to jail. "That's the America I know, and still I rise," he said to cheers from the crowd.
"It hit me like a brick — Hillary knows me, she knows me," said Daniels. "And that's what gave me the courage to come and speak in front of y'all tonight."
He spoke highly of Clinton, who "wants to stop guns from getting into the wrong hands" and stands with victims of gun violence, said Daniels.
"We need to take action, and we need to take action now," he continued. "There's only one candidate willing to take on the gun lobby and keep our families safe."
To young voters who don't think they have a voice, Daniels told them that "this is the most important election of our lifetime," adding simply, "Come November, vote for her."
Also on Wednesday's lineup of speakers are Sigourney Weaver, Jesse Jackson, Angela Bassett, Clinton's vice presidential pick Tim Kaine, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. Clinton will be introduced by her daughter Chelsea as the keynote address on Thursday.
Only halfway through, the DNC has had no shortage of A-list support in Philadelphia. On Tuesday night, Kesha performed at a gun-control concert, and on Wednesday night, Fergie will headline a concert for the Creative Coalition and The Black Eyed Peas will headline the Rock the Vote concert at the Fillmore.
Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson and Shonda Rhimes all have been spotted at the DNC, in addition to the roster of celebrity speakers. On Tuesday, Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham and America Ferrera and Tony Goldwyn spoke, while Elizabeth Banks hosted and former President Bill Clinton headlined.