Turn Your Heartache Into Action for Gun Sense in America
[UPDATE, 10/5/17: Since the writing of this post, 2 common-sense gun safety bills are in the works! Call your members of Congress and urge them to support Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act. More details below.]
Americans are reeling over the lives lost in Las Vegas. What can we do to stand up for the victims and their families? We’ve got some ideas for you: call, join, and donate. FIND OUT HOW BELOW.
- Did you know that in a year that has already seen 273 mass shootings, more than 11,000 gun-related deaths, and 1,555 police killed by guns, Republicans in Congress are supporting a bill (the SHARE Act) that will make it easier to buy gun silencers, and legalize armor-piercing bullets?! With the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, they also want to make it possible for people with concealed carry permits in states with very loose requirements to bring their hidden guns to any other state in the country, even if that state has much more stringent gun safety laws, like New Jersey! In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, congressional leadership has said it has no current plans to bring these bills to the floor for a vote, but that is only temporary. Call your members of Congress and tell them to keep these bills off the floor forever! (Not sure who your representatives are? Find out here.)
- New Jersey’s own House Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) is preparing to re-introduce legislation to stop online ammunition sales. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, “in most states [ammunition] can be bought online or in person with zero oversight.” Dangerous individuals can quickly and easily accumulate thousands of bullets via online ammunition purchases. Rep. Watson Coleman’s Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act seeks to protect the public from this.
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, which would protect the public from “bump stock” gun accessories, a $200 tool you can buy online to make a semi-automatic weapon work like an automatic weapon capable of firing 30 rounds in a few seconds. The Las Vegas shooter had at least 12 rifles outfitted with bump stocks. We can stop this madness with common sense gun safety legislation! NJ’s own Sen. Cory Booker is a co-sponsor — now we need to get Sen. Menendez to sign on as well!
Your talking points:
- “I want more common sense gun-safety legislation, not less!”
- “Police officers will be less safe if silencers and armor-piercing bullets are easier to obtain. Vote No on the SHARE Act!”
- “New Jersey has stringent gun safety laws for a reason — because the people want it! The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act threatens our ability to make sure that gun owners are responsible and not a danger to the public. Vote NO!”
- “We need oversight for gun AND ammunition purchases in order to protect the public. Support and/or co-sponsor Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act!”
- “The only reason to use a bump stock is to kill more people. It is outrageous that this tool is legal. Bump stocks are a danger to the public, as we have now sadly seen in Las Vegas. We need legislation that protects the American people from bump stocks and automatic weapons. Support and/or co-sponsor Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act!”
(Don’t like making phone calls? No problem–call on a weekend or after hours and leave a voicemail. Or send a letter. You can find the office addresses of your members of Congress on their websites.)
You are not alone in your demand for common sense gun safety laws. Many other Americans who feel the same way have banded together in groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety. Check out their websites, find a local meeting, and get involved.
Help support Las Vegas victims and their families by donating to the GoFundMe campaign started by the Clark County Commission Chair and Las Vegas Sheriff.
Donate money to gun safety organizations like Moms Demand Action and Everytown. This is an important step. The tens of millions of average Americans who want safer gun laws are up against the powerful NRA, which spent more than $50 million on the 2016 election alone!