Tell Congress to support background checks on gun sales

The Senate's failure to pass background checks last month provoked a wild rumpus across the land, making many moms and family members want to "roar our terrible roar and gnash our terrible teeth and roll our terrible eyes and show our terrible claws." 

The uproar is keeping gun policy reform alive. Now Reps. Pete King (R-N.Y.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) have introduced a  bill in the House of Representatives for strengthening background checks. The bill is already being co-sponsored by more than 170 House members. The more House members co-sponsor the bill, the closer the bill gets to a vote.

Tell Congress that moms and families want stronger background checks on guns sales to help keep our kids and communities safe. Urge House members to co-sponsor Thompson-King.

 

 

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Dear Member of the U.S. House of Representatives,

Moms and families want stronger background check laws to keep our kids and communities safe.

Please co-sponsor the Thompson-King bill to strengthen background checks on gun sales.


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    Help urge Congress members to sponsor bill on stronger background checks on gun sales
    I just urged members of the House of Representatives to become co-sponsors of a bill to strengthen background checks on gun sales. The more co-sponsors, the closer that bill gets to a real vote.

    Our voices and the voices of moms across the country can add up. Together we can move mountains!

    --Gloria

    P.S. More info in the email below from MomsRising

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    Dear Gloria,

    Ever felt like a wild thing? Last month, I found myself "roaring my terrible roar and gnashing my terrible teeth and rolling my terrible eyes and showing my terrible claws,"[1] because the Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have expanded background checks for gun purchases and is a measure that 90% of the public supports.[2]

    Lawmakers take heed!

    The failure to pass background checks provoked a wild rumpus across the land, in some places directly against the lawmakers who voted against background checks. For example, in New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte faced intense public confrontations by gun violence survivors,[3] and her favorability ratings fell a whopping 15 points.[4] The backlash against Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona was so great, that on his Facebook page he admitted that his vote helped place him “somewhere just below pond scum.”[5]

    The uproar is keeping gun policy reform alive, and now there are movements for stronger background check laws in both the Senate and the House. Reps. Pete King (R-N.Y.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) have introduced a House version of a bill[6] for strengthening background checks, which is already being co-sponsored by more than 170 House members.

    Now is the time to make your voice heard. The more cosponsors the House bill has, the stronger the signal it sends to Congressional leaders that the bill should be brought up for a vote.

    *Will you help us tell Congress that moms and families want stronger background check laws to keep our kids and communities safe, and urge House members to co-sponsor?

    http://action.momsrising.org/sign/cosponsor_ThompsonKing/?referring_akid=4313.1976766.Yd-onu&source=taf

    On the Senate side, five – just five – “nays” stopped background checks from going forward. Senate leaders have promised to bring background checks back for reconsideration if it looks like they can find the supporting votes.

    And that time is close! Several Senators are said to be re-considering their positions. And we know the Senate is looking to the House, too, to gauge how strong the momentum is for passing new background check legislation. More leadership from the House will send a critical message to the Senate that this issue isn’t going away and elected officials who listen to their constituents will be out in front of this issue.

    *Don't forget to click here to tell Congress that moms and families want stronger background check laws to keep our kids and communities safe:

    http://action.momsrising.org/sign/cosponsor_ThompsonKing/?referring_akid=4313.1976766.Yd-onu&source=taf

    More than 30 people are killed with guns each day in our nation, according to the CDC.[7] On June 14, just a few weeks away, we’ll be marking the sixth month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings,[8] nearly the fifth month anniversary of the tragic death of Hadiya Pendleton,[9] and asking our elected representatives what they have done so far to reduce gun violence. In those same six months, gun violence has taken more than 4,000 lives - people who were loved, needed and valued by their families and communities.[10]

    Enough is enough.

    Together, we must continue the wild rumpus as we think about the safety of our children and communities. Together, we’ll be a strong voice for safer kids and safer communities.



    -- Gloria, Kristin, Dream, Monifa, Karen and the rest of the MomsRising.org team





    [1] With apologies to Maurice Sendak.

    [2] "Over 90 percent of Americans support gun background checks," Reuters, February 7, 2013.

    [3] “Gun vote stirs passion at Ayotte town hall meetings,” NBCNews.com, April 30, 2013.

    [4] “Ayotte faces backlash over gun vote,” Public Policy Polling, April 24, 2013.

    [5] “Jeff Flake: ‘Pond scum’ popularity in poll,” Politico, April 30, 2013.

    [6] PRESS RELEASE: “Reps. Thompson, King Statement on Growing Momentum for Bipartisan Background Check Bill,” May 7, 2013.

    [7] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm

    [8] “Sandy Hook Elementary shooting leaves 28 dead, law enforcement sources say,” Washington Post, December 14, 2012.

    [9] “Chicago girl who was in Washington during Obama inauguration is shot dead,” Washington Post, January 30, 2013.

    [10] “How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?” Slate, May 23, 2013.

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