Success: Senator Helping to Keep Guns Away from Mentally Ill

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Target: Senator John Cornyn

Goal: Applaud proposal to give incentives to states that help keep guns out of the hands of people with serious mental problems.

Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Keep Guns Out of Abuser Hands, Senator John Cornyn of the Republican party has proposed legislation that would reward states that send more information about residents with serious mental problems to the federal background check system used for firearms purchasers.

Although the bill isn’t as strong as legislation proposed in the past that would have expanded background check requirements, it’s still a step in the right direction towards more gun safety measures in the United States. This bill is actually backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which has often fought measures such as this.

The legislation comes during a time when federal loopholes in gun safety have allowed deadly weapons to get into the hands of mentally disturbed individuals such as Dylann Roof, who recently murdered nine black churchgoers during bible study, or John Houser, who recently shot and killed two women at a movie theater in Louisiana.

This legislation brings hope that we may be able to achieve stronger gun safety measures in the future. Thank officials for finally taking a stand to better gun safety measures and prevent dangerous people from acquiring these weapons.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator John Cornyn,

You recently proposed legislation that would reward states that send more information about residents with serious mental problems to the federal background check system used for firearms purchasers. This bill is actually backed by the NRA, which has often fought measures such as this.

Although the bill isn’t as strong as legislation proposed in the past that would have expanded background check requirements, it’s still a step in the right direction towards more gun safety measures in the United States. Thank you for finally taking a stand to better gun safety measures and prevent dangerous people from acquiring these weapons.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Elvert Barnes

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