February 15, 2018

Action Alert:
Tell Your Members of Congress to Demand a Vote on Assault Weapons

Our nation is grieving again today in the immediate wake of another gruesome mass shooting at an American school.  On Valentine’s Day, a heavily-armed 19 year-old white supremacist killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Fourteen others were wounded.

More families have been destroyed because an angry young man was given immediate and unquestioning access to a battlefield rifle and all the ammo he could stockpile.

The weapon was familiar: a semiautomatic AR-15 style assault rifle outfitted with high capacity ammunition magazines. The Parkland gunman was able to buy it legally despite the fact that the FBI had investigated a threat he made (“I am going to be a professional school shooter”) on YouTube.  There were other clear warning signs about his violent behavior. He bragged openly about killing animals.  He threatened students before being kicked out of Douglas High. And he was engaged in paramilitary training with a hate group.

And yet a 19 year-old with that type of history of violence was able to walk into a Florida gun shop and, literally in just a few minutes, walk out with a semiautomatic battlefield rifle and whatever ammo he needs.

That has got to change, NOW.

Please contact your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 and give them the following message:

I am sick and tired of waking up, day after day, to another mass shooting incident at a school, or a place of worship, or a theater, or virtually any place one might think to congregate in public. I am sick and tired of Representatives and Senators who back the NRA and oppose every single measure across the board to prevent violent individuals from gaining legal access to firearms and military-style accessories. I’m also sick and tired of Representatives and Senators who will only support half-hearted, deeply flawed “reform” vehicles like the Toomey-Manchin bill on background checks. After Parkland, after Las Vegas, after all the countless horrors we have witnessed, after all the death and suffering your inaction has caused, it is time to do something REAL on this issue that would save lives. I demand that you call on your chamber’s leadership to allow an immediate, up-or-down floor vote on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s S. 2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 (a far stronger, tougher bill than its 1994 predecessor).  I will be watching your actions closely. If you fail to take this action, I will do everything I can (peacefully and democratically) to vote you out of office. Stop putting my children and loved ones under the constant threat of attack by weapons designed for war! Get these AR-15s the hell out of our communities!

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