Preventing Gun Violence

Our country is in a crisis—the amount of gun violence we’ve seen in recent years is staggering. These tragedies have become so commonplace in America that the majority don’t even make national news. 31 people, including 5 children and teenagers, are gunned down in America every single day. To put the over 11,000 annual U.S. gun murders into perspective, that’s almost double the total U.S. casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, our nation’s longest and third-longest foreign conflicts. It’s reached the point where the odds are now greater of being killed by a gun than in a car accident in this country.

The vast majority of Americans want something done—yet conservatives in Congress, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, refuse to do anything, and he continues to do the bidding of an extreme, right-wing fringe gun lobby that is not only vastly out of step with the majority of the American people —but the majority of gun owners.  

The National Rifle Association, a longtime front group for the big gun manufacturers, continues to load Republican campaign coffers with millions upon millions of dollars to make sure it stays that way.

That’s why the American people have been demanding a vote from their Representatives on common sense actions to reduce gun violence, including universal background checks on all gun sales and “No Fly, No Buy” legislation to keep suspected terrorists from stockpiling weapons.

It’s disturbing that many far-right lawmakers are more afraid that the NRA will stop giving them money than the prospect of a terrorist on the FBI ‘no fly’ list legally walking into any gun store and buying an AR-15 military-style assault rifle. These are people deemed too dangerous to fly, but Republicans in Congress in the pocket of the firearm manufacturers only see them only as potential gun customers.  In fact, people on terrorist watch lists were able to buy guns legally more than 2,000 times over 11 years. Republicans are more concerned about securing an ‘A rating’ from the NRA than the idea of a violent felon or convicted domestic abuser being able to acquire whatever gun they want at a gun show no questions asked, which happens practically every day.

It’s time to stop letting an extreme, right-wing gun lobby that is out of step with the vast majority of Americans—including gun owners—hold our public safety and our policies hostage.  And it’s time to stop letting Republicans beholden to the gun lobby stand in the way of the will of the vast majority of the American people.  We’ve seen a dizzying amount of gun violence in recent years.

These tragedies have become so commonplace in America that the majority don’t even make national news. Consider that there have been over 180 school shootings since Newtown. Or that in 2015, there were actually more days with a mass shooting than days without a mass shooting. Let that sink in. It’s time for conservatives in Congress to start doing their jobs to protect the American people by keeping weapons of war out of dangerous hands.  To do nothing is unacceptable, and the American people demand action.

Questions to Ask:

  1. What do you say to the vast majority of your constituents who want you to take action and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people?
  2. Why do you think that someone who is deemed too dangerous to fly isn’t too dangerous to have a gun?
  3. How much money in campaign contributions from the NRA have you accepted? Have they put campaign ads up in your support in the past?
  4. If you can save some lives by passing gun violence prevention legislation, isn’t it worth it to try? If you say no, why not?