FEDERAL DAILY ACTION: Monday, April 9, 2018
Submitted by: Margaret Petty
CALL or RESISTBOT: DEMAND ACTION AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE
The United States has more guns per capita than any other peer nation; Americans constitute about 4% of the world’s population but own 42% of all civilian firearms. On average, there is a mass shooting almost every day of the year in the United States, and the nation has far higher rates of gun homicides than any other developed nation. Firearm suicides in the US are also dismally common, with suicides actually comprising the majority of gun-related deaths. However, thanks to continued lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress has repeatedly failed to take meaningful action and curb gun violence.
Gun violence prevention experts have recommended a number of policy approaches to reduce gun violence:
— Congress can close legal loopholes that allow people to buy guns without background checks from private sellers, websites, or gun shows. A move that over 80% of gun owners support.
— Congress can institute universal background checks for both gun and ammo purchasers and require gun licenses, all measures supported by the vast majority of Americans.
— Congress can adequately fund community-based interventions such as the nearly 20-year-old Ceasefire program, an underfunded effort that has helped to reduce gun violence in cities through education and public health crisis strategies.
— Congress can reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, or pass new legislation banning the purchase of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons.
America’s disproportionately high rates of gun-related deaths are both tragic and shameful. Congress can save lives by passing common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence.
Text the word “resist” to 504-09. Follow the prompts to send your Members of Congress a fax. It’s easy. You enter your zip code and you are directed to your representatives.
FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
NEFL MoC NUMBERS:
Rep. Ted Yoho
Orange Park: 904-276-9626
Rep. John Rutherford
Rep. Ron DeSantis
Palm Coast 386-302-0471
Rep. Al Lawson
Sen Marco Rubio
JAX – 904-354-4300
Sen Bill Nelson
DC – 202-224-5274
JAX – 904-346-4500
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY], [ZIP].
I’m calling to urge [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] take action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States by…
[CHOOSE 1-3 POLICIES BELOW]
* Closing the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks
* Instituting universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers, a measure 80% of gun owners support
* Funding evidence-based community antiviolence programs, like Ceasefire, which have been shown to reduce shootings
* Reinstating a federal ban on the purchase of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, which is supported by at least 65% of Americans.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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