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Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop blocking gun control

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The petition to Mitch McConnell reads:

"Our country's gun violence epidemic demands action. Call the Senate back from recess to vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the  Enhanced Background Checks Act."

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    Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop blocking gun control

    This weekend, a white supremacist killed twenty people and injured dozens in El Paso, Texas. Nine were killed and 27 were injured in Dayton, Ohio. Three were killed and 40 were injured in Chicago, Illinois.

    Our country's epidemic of gun violence demands action, but Republican politicians only offer their thoughts and prayers.

    Thoughts and prayers won't stop the next mass shooting or do anything meaningful to address the gun violence epidemic. Congress needs to act. In February, the House of Representatives passed two bills to close major loopholes in gun purchase background checks,1 but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't bring them to the floor of the Senate for a vote. It's time to put massive pressure on him to act.

    Tell Sen. McConnell: Thoughts and prayers are not enough. Call the Senate back into session for a vote on gun control now.

    Tragic mass shootings have become all too common – and they're getting deadlier. Since the fall of 2017, we have had four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.2 And while these mass shootings receive more media attention, we cannot forget the gun violence that strikes people, families and communities across the country on a daily basis, killing almost 8,800 and injuring almost 17,500 so far this year.3

    Earlier this year in New Zealand, after a gunman shot and killed 50 people at two mosques, it took lawmakers just three days to pass legislation banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We need that legislation too, and Democrats in the House of Representatives should take the lead and pass it, but we can't let the Senate off the hook.

    The House has already passed two good bills that would help keep guns out of the hands of people who would be a danger to themselves or others. They deserve an up-or-down vote in the Senate but won't get one unless we put massive grassroots pressure on McConnell and his fellow Republicans to break the NRA's chokehold on Congress. Senate Democrats are demanding that McConnell bring the Senate back into session to vote on H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112.4 Can you help amplify their call?

    Tell Sen. McConnell: Thoughts and prayers are not enough. Call the Senate back into session for a vote on gun control now.

    Thanks for everything you do.

    References:

    1. Brakkton Booker and Martin Kaste, "House Passes Second Gun Background Check Bill In As Many Days," Feb. 28, 2019.
    2. Dave Lawler and Orion Rummler, "The deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history," Axios, Aug. 4, 2019.
    3. "Gun Violence Archive 2019," accessed Aug. 4, 2019.
    4. Rebecca Klar, "Democrats call for Senate to return to vote on gun reform after two deadly mass shootings," The Hill, Aug. 4, 2019.