Target: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
Goal: Ensure thorough background checks are conducted for individuals purchasing firearms and reinstate the federal assault weapons ban.
The perpetrator of the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando had twice been the subject of FBI investigation. Furthermore he had a documented history of violent behavior, including hate speech and domestic violence. Yet he was able to legally purchase two guns and, a few days later, used them to commit the worst mass shooting in US history. A thorough background check would have revealed these facts.
One of the weapons the gunman used was an AR-15, the same make of gun that was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. These guns are a modification of the M16, a gun developed for the US military. They are designed for warfare, for killing people. Moreover these guns were banned under the federal assault weapons ban, which was allowed to expire in 2004.
In 2015 there were 372 mass shootings in the US, there have already been 176 this year. We may not be able to change the hate in people’s minds, but we can make it harder to turn that hate into an atrocity. Sign our petition and demand that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan back legislation for stronger background checks, and to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, it should be undeniable that it is time for the federal government to take a leadership position on the problem of gun violence. A basic background check would have revealed that Omar Mateen had a history of instability, violence, and extremist beliefs and had been twice investigated by the FBI. Had the federal ban on assault weapons remained US law, it is quite possible that many of his victims would still be alive today.
I am not asking for a wholesale ban on firearms, simply that more be done to ensure that guns are in responsible hands. There have already been 176 mass shootings this year, and thousands of Americans are killed by gun violence every year. Assault weapons designed to inflict mass casualties should not be available to the public, and thorough background checks must be mandatory. I urge you to back legislation instituting thorough background checks on those purchasing firearms, and to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban.
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