For those of us who felt that we were sleepwalking politically before the last presidential election, it’s come as a surprise at just how much sustained effort is necessary to make change.
We are asking you to join us in persistently insisting that our legislators actively work to clean up the gun-oil-soaked atmosphere we live in right now.
- If you think voting for a Democrat is the only action you need to do, read this.
- If you think calling isn’t an effective form of protest, watch this.
- If you haven’t optimized your phone for fast dialing, do it now.
We will be posting gun actions every 2 weeks minimum starting from today, the 19th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine. You will be asked to repeat calls you’ve already made. These calls create pressure to keep anti-gun-violence bills in the forefront of our legislators thoughts and efforts.
Action #1 – Support Pro-Gun Sense Candidates in 2018.
Who takes gun money is important. Check the latest list here.
On April 17th, 2013, members of the US Senate voted on the Manchin-Toomey amendment, which would have required background checks on all commercial sales of guns. The vote failed, with 54 members in support and 46 in opposition. Nearly all of the members who voted against the amendment have received substantial amounts of money from the political action committees of gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association. (see chart here)
Charts of gun money to the 2016 Presidential Candidates and the top 20 individuals are here, along with the top earners of money from gun control advocates.
Action #2 – Get your Representative to shake things up.
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [___] and I want Rep. [___] to do what’s necessary to get HR 3999, HR 3464 and HR 5087 on the floor for a vote.
- H.R.3999, to ban the use and sale of bump stocks. (Check here for your legislator. Brownley and Carbajal haven’t sign on yet.)
- H.R.3464, the Background Check Completion Act of 2017, which closes a loophole that allows a gun sale if a background check is not completed after 72 hours, even if the buyer is not legally allowed to purchase a gun. (Check here for your legislator. Brownley and Carbajal haven’t sign on yet.)
- H.R.5087, Rep. Cicilline’s Assault Weapons Ban to restrict the use and sale of assault weapons. (Check here for your legislator. Brownley and Carbajal have signed on. Thank them.)
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other representative Contacts: www.phoneyourrep.com
Action #3 – Tell your Senator that we are tired of waiting.
S.1923, the Background Check Completion Act of 2017, which closes a loophole that allows a gun sale if a background check is not completed after 72 hours, even if the buyer is not legally allowed to purchase a gun. (Check here for your senator. Feinstein and Harris have signed on. Thank them.)
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Senator Contacts: www.phoneyourrep.com
Chart of how your members of Congress have voted on gun bills (npr)
Congress eyes school safety, but not major gun overhaul (CNN)
There are currently 212 gun-related bills in Congress (govtrack)
Hey, marchers, here’s what Congress just did on guns — and what it probably won’t do anytime soon (wapo)
Five Gun Control Bills Congress Could Pass Right Now In Wake Of Florida Shooting (newsweek)