On Sunday, a gunman with a military assault-style weapon killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy, and injured 12 at a garlic festival in California. It was the 42nd mass shooting in July alone and the 246th in America this year.1
These shootings need to stop. At festivals. At schools. At places of worship. At night clubs. At movie theaters.
There are so many simple, clear steps that lawmakers can take to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America—by passing into law policies that are supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans and even most gun owners.2,3
Universal background checks. Closing the gun show loophole. Banning assault weapons such as AR-15s. Banning bump stocks.
Indeed, the Democratic U.S. House passed two bills that would accomplish many of these goals earlier this year, but Mitch McConnell and the GOP—at the bidding of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun manufacturers—won't even allow the bills to come up for a vote in the Senate.4 They won't even allow federal funding for research into gun violence.5
It's outrageous. And it's heartbreaking.
That's why we're going to hold McConnell and other vulnerable GOP senators accountable and defeat them in 2020, starting with putting up billboards in central, high-traffic locations in their home states that highlight their role in America's gun violence epidemic.
Will you pitch in $3 to help us pay for the billboards?
Yes, I'll chip in now to help hold GOP lawmakers accountable, fight the NRA, and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.
The horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly seven years ago should have been a tipping point on gun violence in America, but since then:
We didn't budget for the billboards, which is why we're asking you to chip in now, so we can quickly purchase them. We can only do it if we raise the money now. Can you chip in $3—or whatever you can afford—right now?
Yes, I'll chip in to help hold McConnell and other NRA-funded politicians accountable.
We can never forget that the GOP is culpable in these heartbreaking and avoidable gun deaths, as a result of their obedience to the NRA's dangerous agenda. Let's make sure that the voters in their states know it, too.
Thanks for all you do.
–Emily, Emma, Stephen, Manny, and the rest of the team
1. Tweet by Gun Violence Archive, July 29, 2019
2. "Americans support gun control but doubt lawmakers will act: Reuters/Ipsos poll," Reuters, February 8, 2019
3. "Most Gun Owners Support Stricter Laws — Even NRA Members," Time, March 13, 2018
4. "House Passes Sweeping Gun Bill," NPR, February 27, 2019
5. "House GOP appropriators block funding for gun violence research," Politico, July 11, 2018
6. "After Sandy Hook, we said never again. And then we let 2,185 mass shootings happen." Vox, accessed July 30, 2019
7. "Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator," The Hill, July 18, 2019
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