Congress: Pass Gun Safety Laws

President Obama came out in support of all three of MomsRising's priority gun violence prevention policies: universal background checks for gun purchases; restrictions on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines; and a crackdown on gun trafficking. 

We have to take it to the next level.  

Your action is needed today: Your members of Congress closely listens to how their constituents react to these proposals and the gun lobby is out in force.

Take a moment to tell your members of Congress that the ball is now in their court.  It's time for them to step up and pass gun safety laws!

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Dear Legislator,

America’s moms stand with the President in calling for a common sense approach to protect our families from gun violence. The President’s plan serves to increase the safety of our communities and our country, while preserving Second Amendment rights. Universal background checks, restrictions on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, a crackdown on gun trafficking, and federal funding for research into gun violence are all reasonable and much-needed responses to a problem that harms our children and our communities. We urge you to support these common sense gun violence provisions and pass such measures through Congress as soon as possible. It’s time to put aside political posturing, put the health and lives of constituents first and foremost, and to work to end gun violence. Thank you for standing up for our nation's children and families,


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    It's time for Congress to step up!
    I just told Congress to step up. I want commonsense gun safety laws! It took me two seconds to speak out. Will you join me?

    http://action.momsrising.org/sign/pledgegun_safety/?source=taf

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

    --Friend

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

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    Dear Friend,

    I'm writing to you from my kitchen table while my kids are doing their homework. As I reflect on the signing of the gun safety executive orders yesterday, it's hard to convey the magnitude of what we just did together--you, I, and us. But here I go:

    You were heard.

    Yesterday, President Obama came out in support of all three of MomsRising's priority gun violence prevention policies: Universal background checks for gun purchases; restrictions on military-style assault rifles and high-caliber magazines; and a crackdown on gun trafficking. [1]

    Now, we have to take it to the next level.

    *Take a moment to tell your members of Congress that the ball is now in their court. It's time for them to step up and pass gun safety laws:

    http://action.momsrising.org/sign/pledgegun_safety/?source=taf

    And your action is needed today: Right now, your members of Congress are closely listening to how their constituents are reacting to these proposals and the gun lobby is out in force.

    Your voice, your messages, the 5 seconds you take to click the action button matters. It all adds up.

    In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy, MomsRising members raised their voices urging national leaders to address our outdated gun safety laws. In the last month alone, we sent in over 150,000 messages to leaders urging them to update our outdated gun safety laws; we urged retailers like Walmart to halt sales of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines; we urged the NRA to support commonsense reform; we signed and shared pledges to work for gun violence prevention policies; shared our stories; and more.

    And then the President of the United States of America took action, signing 23 Executive Orders yesterday to make our children and communities safer, and pushing forward a commonsense gun violence prevention legislative platform. [2]

    It's up to us to keep the pressure on Congress.

    The tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary school was a wake up call to the fact that nearly 40% of all gun sales happen without background checks, [3] that military-style assault weapons with high-capacity magazines can be bought in places like Walmart,[4] and that federal gun trafficking laws are largely missing in action in our nation.

    Now that we're awake, we have to act.

    *Take a moment to tell your members of Congress that it's time for them to step up and pass gun safety laws:

    http://action.momsrising.org/sign/pledgegun_safety/?source=taf

    Thank you for all you do!

    --Kristin, Gloria, Ruth, Joan, Mary, Donna, Julie, Sarah F, Elisa, Claire, Monifa, Ashley, Anita, Sarah H., Jane, Charlie, Anayah, Dream, and the entire MomsRising.org team

    P.S. How is gun violence impacting you? We'd love to hear your thoughts. This could be anything from your thoughts on what's been happening in the nation right now, to what's going on in your life. We're pulling together stories from people across the nation to deliver to leaders. Share your thoughts and experiences here: http://www.momsrising.org/member_stories/topic/have-you-been-touched-by-gun-violence-in-any-way/?source=taf

    P.P.S. Want to sign up to drop off the "Pledge to Protect Our Children and Communities" with signatures at the office of your local in-district Congressperson in January? Sign up here and we'll give you all the information you need: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/delivery2endgunviolence/?source=taf


    [1] http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/us/politics/obama-to-ask-congress-to-toughen-gun-laws.html?hp&_r=0

    [2] Ibid.

    [3] https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/556911-gun-violence-fact-sheet.html#document/p2/a86541 and http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/01/16/obama-gun-violence-plan-assault-weapons-ban-background-checks/1837793/

    [4] The Nation: How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR 15 Most Popular Assualt Weapon in America http://www.thenation.com/article/171808/how-walmart-helped-make-newtown-shooters-ar-15-most-popular-assault-weapon-america

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