Please sign up to join us at St Marks Episcopal Church at 1:00pm on Wednesday, December 14th and/or December 15th to deliver these letters to Congress.
Address: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church | 301 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
December 14, 2016
Dear Senator or Representative _______:
December 14, 2016 is the four-year anniversary date of the devastating Sandy Hook shootings. We continue to mourn the senseless loss of 20 innocent children and their educators on December 14, 2012. We also mourn the loss of 120,000 other Americans who have been killed with guns since that tragic day.
The brutal shootings of 20 children and six educators should have been enough for Congress to take swift action to reduce gun violence. It is tragic and shameful that the House of Representatives has not yet voted on a gun violence prevention (GVP) bill and the Senate has rejected the GVP bills three times in the last four years. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) bipartisan Senate Amendment 715 to S.649 to require background checks on gun sales, was defeated 54-46 on April 17, 2013 after the Sandy Hook shooting and defeated once again by 50-48 margin on December 3, 2015, the day after the San Bernardino shooting. Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) Amendment 4750 to H.R.2578 to require background checks on sale of all guns, was also defeated 55-44 on June 20, 2016 after the senseless Orlando Pulse Night Club shooting.
Annually, over 33,000 Americans die from gunshots and another 80,000 American are getting injured by gunshots. Congress has shamefully done nothing to close the dangerous loopholes in our nation’s gun laws to keep Americans safe from gun violence.
We are a coalition of families of victims, survivors, and gun violence prevention groups from across this great nation representing over 22 million supporters from every state and we are collectively imploring you to support the following bills to end gun violence in our nation:
CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES & EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS TO THE SALE OF ALL GUNS:
Senate: Re-introduce, vote on, and support Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) Senate Amendment 4750 to H.R.2578, which is the text language from Senator Charles Schumer’s bill, S.2934, “to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale”.
House: Cosponsor, vote on, and support companion language such as Rep. Jackie Speier’s (D-CA 14th District) Bill from the 114th Congress: H.R. 3411: the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2015.
For more information on why an expanded federal background check bill should be supported: https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BackgroundChecks-factsheet3.pdf
According to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, “Background checks keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people like felons, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill. According to FBI data, the Brady Law has blocked more than 3.0 million gun sales to prohibited people since it went into effect in 1994.”
Numerous polls consistently demonstrate that more than 90% of Americans support universal background checks.
BAN ASSAULT RIFLES AND HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES:
Senate: Introduce, vote on, and support a Senate companion to Representative David Ciciline’s (D-RI 1st District) bill H.R. 4269 to ban assault weapons and limit high capacity magazines.
House: Cosponsor, vote on, and support reintroduction of Representative David Cicilline bill H.R. 4269 to ban assault weapons and limit high capacity magazines.
REPEAL THE 2005 PROTECTION OF LAWFUL COMMERCE IN ARMS ACT (PLCAA):
Senate: Cosponsor, vote on, and support reintroduction of legislation like Senators Richard Blumenthal’s (D-CT) bill in the 114th Congress, S. 2469 - A bill to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to eliminate the special legal protection that shields the firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes have been committed with their products. For the last decade, PLCAA has provided the corporate gun industry special legal protection that is not enjoyed by any other industry in America.
House: Cosponsor, vote on, and support reintroduction of companion legislation by Rep. Adam Schiff, [D-CA-28] of H.R.4399 - Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act.
For more information on the harmful effects of PLCAA: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/guns-crime/report/2016/01/15/128949/immunizing-the-gun- industry-the-harmful-effect-of-the-protection-of-lawful-commerce-in-arms-act/
ALLOW THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC), AS WELL AS OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, TO AGGRESSIVELY CONDUCT RESEARCH ON GUN VIOLENCEPREVENTION:
Dedicate funding for the CDC to support gun violence prevention research and begin to reverse the chilling effect caused by the Appropriations amendment first authored by Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR) in 1996, also referred to as the Dickey Rider, which continues to practically limit the CDC and other federal agencies from directing public funding toward reducing gun injuries and deaths in America in any significant way equal to the challenge by taking a public health approach to studying it.
For more information on why gun violence research should be encouraged and funded without such destructive appropriations riders, go to: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/guns- crime/report/2016/03/09/132894/removing-barriers-and-reinvesting-in-public-health-research-on-gun- violence/
It is past time for Congress to do its job to keep all Americans safe from gun injuries and death. We demand a vote on these common sense measures to end gun violence in our nation.
Sincerely,Newtown Action AllianceA New Routine for AmericaAfrican American Ministers In Action (AAMIA)All Saints Church Pasadena Gun Violence Prevention Task ForceAlliance of BaptistsAmerican Federation of TeachersAmerican Humanist AssociationAmerican Nurses AssociationAmnesty International USAArizonans for Gun SafetyBattle Born ProgressBergen County Brady ChapterBrady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March Campaign to UnloadCeasefire OregonCeaseFire PennsylvaniaCenter of ConcernCHICAGO SURVIVORSChildren's Firearm Safety AllianceChristopher HaleCoalition Against Gun Violence, a Santa Barbara County CoalitionCoalition to Stop Gun ViolenceCODEPINKColorado CeasefireConference of Major Superiors of MenCT Against Gun ViolenceDisciples Home Missions, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Dominican Sisters of PeaceEpiscopal Peace FellowshipEvery Child MattersFamilies4peaceFig Tree RevolutionFranciscan Action NetworkFranciscan Peace CenterFriends Against Violence EverywhereGAYS AGAINST GUNSGeorgians for Gun SafetyGlobal Justice Institute, Metropolitan Community ChurchesGreenwich Council Against Gun ViolenceGun Owners for Responsible OwnershipGunControlTodayHeeding God's Call to End Gun ViolenceIllinois Council Against Handgun ViolenceIowa Conference United Methodist WomenIowans for Gun SafetyIslamic Society of North AmericaJessi's MessageJewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN)Joint Action CommitteeJPIC Committee of the Sisters of St. FrancisLeadership Conference of Women ReligiousLGBTQ4GVPMaine Gun Safety CoalitionMarylander to Prevent Gun ViolenceMassachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun ViolenceMennonite Central Committee, U.S. Washington OfficeMomsRisingNational Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Cathedral Gun Violence Prevention GroupNational Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceNational Council of ChurchesNational Domestic Violence HotlineNational Education AssociationNational Gun Victims Action CouncilNational Physicians AllianceNebraskans Against Gun ViolenceNETWORKNew Mexicans to Prevent Gun ViolenceNew Yorkers Against Gun ViolenceNorth Carolinians Against Gun ViolenceNorthern Virginia Brady CampaignNorthwest Corner Committee for Gun Violence PreventionOne Pulse for AmericaPride Fund to End Gun ViolenceProgressive Congress Action FundProtect MinnesotaProtest Easy GunsRabbinical AssemblyRabbis Against Gun ViolenceReston-Herndon Alliance To End Gun ViolenceRhode Island Coalition Against Gun ViolenceSafe Campus ColoradoSisters of Mercy of the Americas' Institute Justice TeamSisters of Mercy of the Americas' Institute Justice TeamStates United to Prevent Gun ViolenceStop Handgun ViolenceStop Killing Innocent People (SKIP)Tampa Bay Center for Community TransformationTeam 26, Inc.The Campaign to Keep Guns off CampusThe Connecticut EffectThe Safe Tennessee ProjectThe United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society Union for Reform JudaismUnitarian Universalist Association, Multicultural Growth & Witness United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness MinistriesUnited Methodist ChurchUtah Parents Against Gun ViolenceViolence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los AngelesVision QuiltWAVE Educational FundWomen Against Gun ViolenceWomen's Law ProjectWomen's Voices Raised for Social Justice
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