Action Alert Archives

  1. Action Alert: Tell Apple & Google to Pull Video Game Targeting Reporters Update: In response to pressure placed on mobile hosts Google and Apple, TFG removed the “Breaking News” mission from its “Sniper 3D Assassin” game on May 20, 2019. Thanks to all those who have taken this action! The video game “Sniper 3D Assassin” is a mobile game app available... 5.20.2019 Actions Taken: 37 Continue »
  2. Action Alert: Tell Democratic Presidential Candidates to Offer Strong Plan on Gun Control In February 2019, the House of Representatives sent two modest (and tainted) gun control bills to the Senate for consideration. They have languished there ever since. It is the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who are now setting the tone on gun control, competing with one another to see who... 5.17.2019 Actions Taken: 12 Continue »
  3. Action Alert: Submit Witness Slip in Support of Illinois Licensing Bill Update: SB 1966, the Fix FOID Act, passed the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal Committee on May 21, 2019 and is headed to the full House for a vote. Thanks to all those who submitted a witness slip! On February 16, 2019, 45 year-old employee Gary Martin was called into a... 5.16.2019 Actions Taken: 15 Continue »
  4. Action Alert: Call for Charges Against Officer who Shot Unarmed Grandmother Officer Juan Delacruz of the Baytown Police Department was patrolling an apartment complex in the Houston, Texas suburb after 10:30 p.m. on May 13, 2019 when he saw a black resident with alleged outstanding warrants for criminal mischief and assault, 45 year-old Pamela Turner. Delacruz moved in to arrest... 5.15.2019 Actions Taken: 43 Continue »
  5. Action Alert: Tell Oregon Democrats to Put Gun Control Back on Calendar In the state of Oregon, Democrats control the governor’s seat, Senate and House. Governor Kate Brown promised strong action on gun control in her 2018 campaign and received the endorsement of Ceasefire Oregon and other gun violence prevention (GVP) organizations. Yet on May 13, 2019, Democrats agreed to kill... 5.14.2019 Actions Taken: 21 Continue »
  6. Action Alert: Call for Charges Against Officers who Shot 3 Children in the Head On April 26, 2019, plainclothes officers with the Hugo Police Department decided to arrest armed robbery suspect William Smith while he was parked at a food center with Olivia Hill and her four children, ages 1, 2, 4 and 5. Smith was suspected of robbing a Pizza Hut in Hugo,... 5.13.2019 Actions Taken: 42 Continue »
  7. Action Alert: Call for Charges Against Officer who Shot 14 y/o Near BB Gun On March 10, 2019, a 911 caller reported four people breaking into a house in Oklahoma City. The caller said the group might have firearms, but “wasn’t sure if they were real.” A white officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Holcomb, approached the scene along a... 5.10.2019 Actions Taken: 27 Continue »
  8. Action Alert: Call for Charges Against Officers who Fired 76 Times at Substance Abuser On July 21, 2018, Anaheim police officers Sean Staymates and Kevin Pedersen responded to a 911 call about a man who was “hallucinating,” under the influence of an unknown drug, and possibly armed. That man was 50-year-old Eliuth Penaloza Nava, who lived with his parents. The call came in... 5.9.2019 Actions Taken: 22 Continue »
  9. Action Alert: Tell DA to Appeal Vacancy of Conviction of Racist Shooter Just after 1:00 a.m. on a weekend night on August 7, 2016, a white home owner in North Carolina, Chad Copley, opened his second-story bedroom window to yell at a group of African-American youth attending a party in the neighborhood. Furious, Copley then called 911. The dispatcher could hear... 5.8.2019 Actions Taken: 21 Continue »
  10. Action Alert: Thank Cory Booker for Backing National Licensing & Registration On May 6, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker unveiled a gun control plan that sets a high bar for his competitors heading into 2020. Booker has backed a national licensing & registration system for guns, stating, “We will make it harder for people who should... 5.6.2019 Actions Taken: 57 Continue »
  11. Action Alert: Tell Ron DeSantis to Veto Bill to Arm Teachers Update: On May 8, 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7030 privately and with little fanfare. School districts will be allowed to arm K-12 teachers when the law goes into effect on October 1, 2019. Thanks to all those who took action to fight this immoral legislation. Republican... 5.3.2019 Actions Taken: 23 Continue »
  12. Action Alert: Tell Michael Bennet to Co-Sponsor Assault Weapons Ban On May 2, 2019, Michael Bennet of Colorado became the 7th U.S. Senator to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Bennet is running to “restore integrity to our government,” but of the Democratic Senators vying for the nomination (Bennet, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Kirsten... 5.2.2019 Actions Taken: 10 Continue »
  13. Action Alert: Thank NY Attorney General for Investigating the NRA The first African-American and first female New York Attorney General, Letitia James, opened an investigation into the NRA’s tax-exempt status on April 26, 2019. James promised to conduct the investigation during her 2018 campaign and told Ebony, “The NRA holds out as a charitable organization, but in fact,... 5.1.2019 Actions Taken: 78 Continue »
  14. Action Alert: Share “Generation Lockdown” Video from March for Our Lives On April 29, 2019, the student gun violence prevention group March For Our Lives released a powerful video titled “Generation Lockdown.” MFOL was created after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and another 17 injured. The video shows an active... 4.30.2019 Actions Taken: 20 Continue »
  15. Action Alert: Call for Charges Against Owner of Handgun Brought to School by 8 y/o On April 11, 2019 an eight year-old boy in the second grade at Midview North Elementary School in Lourain County, Ohio brought a semi-automatic handgun to school in a backpack. At approximately 9:10 a.m. he showed the weapon to a group of friends and soon teachers were notified. Sheriff’s... 4.29.2019 Actions Taken: 38 Continue »
  16. Action Alert: Thank 1st Mayor to Ban “Warrior Training” for Police Mayor Jacob Frey has made Minneapolis the first city in the nation to ban “Warrior” training for police officers on-duty and off-duty. Frey made the announcement on April 18, 2019 via his Twitter feed. Fear-based “Warrior” training was developed by retired lieutenant colonel Dave Grossman, the inventor of the... 4.26.2019 Actions Taken: 29 Continue »
  17. Action Alert: Call for Firing of Deputy Who Mocked Deceased LGBTQ Teen Update: On May 3, 2019, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office posted the following on Facebook, “The investigation …uncovered multiple violations of both County and Sheriff’s Office policies. In accordance with policy, a hearing on the allegations and policy violations was held today, and the Deputy resigned from... 4.24.2019 Actions Taken: 163 Continue »
  18. Action Alert: Condemn Handgun Tie-Wearing Louisiana Sheriff On April 11, 2019, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz spoke at a press conference concerning the recent burning of three historically black churches. As he briefed reporters surrounded by representatives of the churches, Guidroz wore a tie adorned with pictures of handguns. The arsonist responsible for the crimes is... 4.23.2019 Actions Taken: 29 Continue »
  19. Action Alert: Call for Terrorism Charges Against Coast Guard Officer who Threatened Killings Update: On May 13, 2019, U.S. District Judge George Hazel sided with federal prosecutors and reversed a magistrate judge’s order to release would-be mass shooter Christopher Hasson while he awaits trial on gun and drug charges. U.S. Attorney Robert Hur continues to refuse to bring felony terrorism charges in... 4.17.2019 Actions Taken: 278 Continue »
  20. Action Alert: Tell Florida Senate President to Table Legislation to Arm Teachers Update: After it was passed by the Florida Senate, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7030 into law privately and with little fanfare. School districts will be allowed to arm K-12 teachers when the law goes into effect on October 1, 2019. Thanks to all those who took action to fight... 4.16.2019 Actions Taken: 35 Continue »
  21. Action Alert: Call for Charges Against Parents who Enabled Shooting Death of 6 y/o On April 8, 2019, the parents of six year-old Millie Kelly were loading their vehicle in the driveway of their home in Paulding, Georgia. The mother got out of the vehicle to see why it wouldn’t start and heard a gunshot. Millie’s four year-old brother had founded a loaded,... 4.12.2019 Actions Taken: 52 Continue »
  22. Action Alert: Check in with the Teenagers You Know The gun violence prevention movement was rocked in March by the suicides of two students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Florida: 19 year-old graduate Sydney Aiello (the best friend of victim Meadow Pollack) and another student who remains unidentified. The Journal of... 4.11.2019 Actions Taken: 22 Continue »
  23. Action Alert: Tell McHenry County Fair Association to Dump Ted Nugent Residents of McHenry County, Illinois have responded angrily to local officials booking extremist NRA board member Ted Nugent to headline the annual county fair on August 3, 2019. The entertainment director for the event,  Jeff Kleinschmidt, claims his goal was to hire someone who is “an excellent musician”—a description that... 4.10.2019 Actions Taken: 71 Continue »
  24. Action Alert: Thank or Spank Your Representative for “Boyfriend Loophole” Vote On April 4, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and closed the “Boyfriend Loophole” which allows non-married abusers to hold onto their firearms after acts of domestic violence. The bill passed by a vote of 263-158, with 33 Republicans defying the... 4.9.2019 Actions Taken: 12 Continue »
  25. Action Alert: Call for Felony Charge Against Dallas Gun-Toter who Beat Black Woman On the evening of March 21, 2019, 24 year-old L’Daijohnique Lee drove the wrong way down a one-way street in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas while dropping off a friend. Austin Shuffield, 30, was attempting to exit a parking lot on the street in his truck and... 4.4.2019 Actions Taken: 77 Continue »
  26. Action Alert: Tell Prosecuting Attorney to Drop Charges Against Egyptian Man Update: The mother in this incident, Santana Adams, was arrested on April 5, 2019 and charged with falsely reporting an emergency incident. All charges against Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan have been dropped. Adams’ bond was set at $20,000. She faces a fine and up to six months in jail... 4.3.2019 Actions Taken: 35 Continue »
  27. Action Alert: Tell DHS to Reinstate Domestic Terror Intelligence Unit Journalist Betsy Woodruff published a blockbuster piece at The Daily Beast detailing the reassignment of analysts in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) who were tasked with studying the threat from homegrown domestic terrorists. The number of analytic reports produced by DHS on this... 4.2.2019 Actions Taken: 37 Continue »
  28. Action Alert: Tell Colorado Sheriff to Enforce Democratically-Enacted Laws Sheriff Steve Weams of Weld County, Colorado recently bragged he would rather go to jail than enforce a democratically-enacted Extreme Risk Protection Order law.  An ERPO bill was recently passed by the Colorado Senate and seems to have the votes necessary to pass the state House. The bill was... 4.1.2019 Actions Taken: 50 Continue »
  29. Action Alert: Tell Media Platforms to Dump NRA Programming After Hoaxer Campaign Shocking new discovery has emerged from the trial of InfoWars’ Alex Jones that shows NRA program coordinator Mark Richardson reached out to a known Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist and encouraged him to sow seeds of doubt about the facts surrounding the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,... 3.29.2019 Actions Taken: 84 Continue »
  30. Action Alert: Tell Kansas School District to Let Students Discuss Gun Violence Update: The Shawnee Mission School District reached a settlement with the ACLU on April 18, 2019. The settlement agreement calls for First Amendment training for all district administrators; policy language to clarify the rights of students to organize non-school sponsored events; and policy language which clarifies the first-amendment rights... 3.28.2019 Actions Taken: 17 Continue »
  31. Action Alert: Tell Your Representative to Support VAWA Reauthorization Update: On April 4, 2019, the House of Representatives voted 263-158 for a VAWA reauthorization that would close the “Boyfriend Loophole” by making it easier to take away guns from violent abusers even when they are not spouses or domestic partners. Thirty-three Republicans joined Democrats to support the bill... 3.27.2019 Actions Taken: 20 Continue »
  32. Action Alert: Tell Indiana School to End Sadistic Active Shooter Drills Update: The Indiana state legislature considered, but ultimately rejected, amendments to school safety legislation that would have prevented K-12 teachers from being shot with projectiles during future active shooter drills. Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) was the lead defender of the violent training, saying, “It’s got to do with reality,... 3.25.2019 Actions Taken: 50 Continue »
  33. Action Alert: After NZ Semiauto Ban, Send Message: “We Can Do it in United States.” On March 20, 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand will be banning military-style semiautomatic firearms and high-capacity ammunition magazines following a horrific mass shooting by a white supremacist targeting mosques during Friday prayers. Ardern also indicated there would be  a national buyback program for these firearms.... 3.21.2019 Actions Taken: 28 Continue »
  34. Action Alert: Tell Governor Hogan to Get Working on Gun Control Update: During the 2019 legislative session, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills that would improve the state’s gun laws, but vetoed another. The legislation Hogan signed took modest steps toward curbing illegal guns and called for a study on tracing crime guns. The bill Hogan vetoed would have... 3.20.2019 Actions Taken: 16 Continue »
  35. Action Alert: File Complaint Regarding Fox Promotion of AR-15 On March 17, 2019, just two days after the horrific mass shooting in New Zealand, the show “Fox & Friends Weekend” ran a fear-mongering segment about Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s position on assault weapons. The segment featured a video clip of O’Rourke explaining he wanted to prohibit the... 3.19.2019 Actions Taken: 132 Continue »
  36. Action Alert: Tell Speaker Pelosi to Expel Steve King for Civil War Threat On March 15, 2019, a white supremacist gunman invaded two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers, killing 50 worshipers and wounding 50 more. In a manifesto, the shooter said, “This conflict over the 2nd amendment and the attempted removal of firearms rights will ultimately result in a civil... 3.18.2019 Actions Taken: 167 Continue »
  37. Action Alert: Support Victims and Survivors of Mass Shooting in New Zealand A white supremacist gunman in his 20s killed 49 people in shootings during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has described the shootings, which were streamed online by the killer, as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence”... 3.15.2019 Actions Taken: 40 Continue »
  38. Action Alert: Thank Arkansas Republican for Opposing “Stand Your Ground” Update: Sen. John Cooper’s vote against a “Stand Your Ground” bill in the Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee proved to be the legislation’s undoing. Sponsor Sen. Bob Ballinger was unable to find the votes to bring the bill back up again and it died officially on April 24, 2019 when... 3.13.2019 Actions Taken: 69 Continue »
  39. Action Alert: Call for Charges Against Man who Killed Unarmed Neighbor On November 12, 2017, Curtis Shelley was walking home from work in Killeen, Texas when he encountered neighbor Austin Fasulo on the street. The two men began to argue over Shelley’s dog. Fasulo allegedly stabbed the  animal weeks earlier when it bit his fiancee. During the argument, Fasulo retrieved... 3.12.2019 Actions Taken: 91 Continue »
  40. Action Alert: Thank Arkansas Senator for Standing Up to “Stand Your Ground” A bill that would have eliminated the “duty to retreat” (when one can do safely) from Arkansas’ self-defense laws was narrowly voted down in the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee on March 6, 2019 after hours of testimony against the legislation from gun control groups, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and... 3.11.2019 Actions Taken: 71 Continue »
  41. Action Alert: Thank Oklahoma Police Chief for Denouncing Permitless Carry On February 27, 2019, Republican Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma signed a dangerous permitless carry bill into law. Starting on November 1, 2019, Oklahomans will be allowed to carry loaded guns in public without obtaining a permit or undergoing any type of background check or training.  Unscreened individuals will... 3.7.2019 Actions Taken: 21 Continue »
  42. Action Alert: Condemn NH Legislators for Mocking Female GVP Advocates On March 5, 2019, the New Hampshire House of Representatives conducted a hearing on an Emergency Risk Protection Order bill at which female survivors testified about loved ones taken by gun violence. The room was also full of volunteers from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wearing... 3.6.2019 Actions Taken: 43 Continue »
  43. Action Alert: Tell House Leadership to Whip Democrats on Gun Control During the last week of February, the House of Representatives passed two gun control bills, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, by strong majorities.  H.R. 8 would require background checks on all private sales of firearms save those between immediate family members. H.R. 1112 extends the amount of time the FBI... 3.5.2019 Actions Taken: 8 Continue »
  44. Action Alert: Thank or Spank Your Representative for Vote on H.R. 8 On February 27, 2019, the House of Representatives passed universal background checks bill H.R. 8 by a vote of 240-190. It was the first gun control bill of significance to pass Congress in many years. H.R. 8 would require background checks on all private sales of firearms save those between immediate family members.... 2.28.2019 Actions Taken: 18 Continue »
  45. Action Alert: Tell NYC to Take Preemptive Action in Supreme Court Gun Case Update: On April 12, 2019, New York City filed a motion in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. New York City informing the Supreme Court it would be repealing its firearm transportation regulation for licensees, allowing them to bring their weapons outside the city.... 2.25.2019 Actions Taken: 10 Continue »
  46. Action Alert: Share Report About Need for Effective Gun Owner Licensing On February 15, 2019, 45 year-old Gary Montez Martin brought a handgun he legally purchased to his manufacturing job at a Henry Pratt Co. factory in Aurora, Illinois. Martin had faced disciplinary action on the job and knew he was going to be fired. Right after a termination meeting,... 2.22.2019 Actions Taken: 9 Continue »
  47. Action Alert: Write Letters to Your Senators Requesting Support for S. 42 Update: On March 25, 2019, March For Our Lives volunteers delivered 6,000 handwritten letters to Senators from constituents across the country in support of S. 42! Thanks to everyone who sent letters to MFOL-DC as part of this campaign. The bill now has more than 40 co-sponsors. The Washington,... 2.20.2019 Actions Taken: 9 Continue »
  48. Action Alert: Thank House Democrats for Moving Gun Control Bill to Floor Update: On February 27, 2019, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8 by a vote of 240-190.  An ugly amendment was added to the bill via Motion to Recommit by Republican Doug Collins of Georgia, however. It would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be notified whenever an... 2.14.2019 Actions Taken: 9 Continue »
  49. Action Alert: Tell Your Representative to Co-Sponsor House Assault Weapons Ban Update: H.R. 1296 now has more than 190 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The bill has yet to be referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration, however. On February 15, 2019, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-1st) introduced H.R. 1296, the House Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. Rep. Cicilline’s... 2.13.2019 Actions Taken: 14 Continue »
  50. Action Alert: Tell Your Representative to Block Trump Gun Export Plan In response to lobbying by the NRA, the Trump administration published a federal rule that would remove critical export controls on handguns, semiautomatic assault rifles like the AR-15, .50-caliber sniper rifles and many other firearms. The rule is set to go into effect during the first week of March 2019. Responsibility for... 2.12.2019 Actions Taken: 11 Continue »