Use Your Event to Tell Congress: We Need More Than Their Thoughts and Prayers
Going Beyond “Thoughts and Prayers”
On February 14, a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took the lives of 17 students. The firearm involved was purchased legally. Students at Stoneman Douglas and across the nation are demanding that Congress take action to prevent gun violence and to protect students. However, many lawmakers have done little to go beyond impotent offers of “thoughts and prayers.”
Tragic news out of Florida. Please keep the victims, their families, first responders and the community in your thoughts and prayers.— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) February 14, 2018
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Our elected officials need to act—now. Here’s what YOU can do.
1. Tell Congress: Don’t make current laws even worse
Members of Congress are considering a bill that would make it much easier for mass shootings like the one that happened in Parkland to happen anywhere in the country, by putting forth the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act—in fact, the House of Representatives already passed it, with bipartisan support.
This bill would require states to recognize the gun laws of other states, essentially forcing them to accept lower standards than their own—think of it as a race to the bottom for gun violence prevention.
It means that gun owners from states with minimal restrictions (like Florida) would be able to legally carry their weapons anywhere, whether or not they travel to a state that would normally have prohibited them from carrying a gun (like Connecticut). If this bill passed, one state’s strict gun laws wouldn’t be able to prevent someone like the Parkland shooter from carrying a firearm if they came from a state with lower standards.
This bill is not only a threat to public safety, it’s an insult at a time when people across the United States are demanding that we raise our standards to prevent gun violence, not lower them. After all, this legislation would make it easier for people to carry loaded, concealed guns in more public places. It’s no wonder that passing the bill is a top priority of the NRA.
Did your Representative vote for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act? The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this year. We can’t let them pass it. Ask each Senator to commit to voting against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
2. Tell the Senate: Don’t Let the NRA’s Favorite Lawyer Become a Lifetime Federal Judge
Donald Trump gave a huge gift to the gun lobby by nominating Howard Nielson to a cushy federal judge position.
Nielson is the NRA’s go-to lawyer, and has made a career of fighting against sensible gun safety measures and helping the gun lobby to score wins.
Luckily, we can stop this. He can’t become a federal judge until the Senate confirms him. The vote could happen soon.
Ask both of your Senators to commit to opposing Howard Nielson as a federal judge.
3. Tell Congress: Pass new laws to prevent further gun violence
Congress has a responsibility to make things better—not just a duty not to make things worse.. There is no excuse for Congress not to protect their constituents by passing new laws to prevent gun violence. We don’t expect a Republican-controlled Congress to make meaningful improvements to our gun policies, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t demand that they do.
There are several active bills that all Members of Congress should co-sponsor and support:
Legislation to allow family members to request the the issuance of a gun violence prevention warrant for those they fear may pose a danger to themselves or others (S. 1212 in the Senate, H.R. 2598 in the House
Raising minimum age to 21 to buy an assault rifle like the AR-15 (not yet introduced)
Have your Members of Congress co-sponsored these bills? Or are they part of the problem?