It's time for Congress to take action on gun control
The statistics are chilling. There have been 38,000 incidents of gun violence in 2019, with 20,000 people injured and 10,000 people killed.1
Trump's white supremacy fuels far too much of this violence, but we can't blame it all on Trump when we have a Congress full of politicians too afraid to act.
Congress comes back into session next week after a recess filled with mass shootings and daily acts of gun violence. Every single member needs to get the message loud and clear that their constituents expect them to act.
Tell Congress: Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's time to pass laws to help stop gun violence.
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.
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. Republicans are mainly to blame for keeping gun control from becoming law and exacerbating the growing crisis of white supremacist terror, but we cannot let either party off the hook. In August, 48 House Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi demanding that she bring them back into session to address the gun violence crisis and pass a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.3 She did not listen.
Speaker Pelosi has a responsibility to show that Democrats are willing to take bold action to keep us safe while Republicans hide in fear of the racist NRA. We have to demand she lead and make sure every Democrat in Congress knows what we expect. And we have to keep putting Republicans on notice too. Every Republican, and especially #MassacreMitch McConnell, needs to hear from constituents demanding an end to politics as usual when it comes to gun violence.
We'll deliver your petitions to Pelosi and McConnell's local offices in San Francisco and northern Kentucky this week, and to every member of Congress when they get back to Washington. The more people who sign, the greater our pressure will be. Can you add your name?
Thanks for everything you do.
- "Gun Violence Archive 2019," accessed Sep. 2, 2019.
- Dave Lawler and Orion Rummler, "The deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history," Axios, Aug. 4, 2019.
- Cameron Joseph, "EXCLUSIVE: House Democrats Demand Pelosi Bring Them Back to D.C. to Address White Supremacy," VICE, Aug. 6, 2019.