Target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Goal: Prohibit anyone convicted of a hate crime from purchasing a firearm to prevent bigotry-motivated mass shootings.
Individuals convicted of hate crimes could be prevented from legally purchasing a firearm in the U.S. if a recently introduced bill is passed into law. Thousands of hate crimes are committed each year, but only three states in the nation prohibit those convicted of owning a gun. Senator Bob Casey believes that violent crimes based on pure hatred for a particular race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation should disqualify anyone in the country from owning an extremely deadly weapon.
The Orlando shooting, officially the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the U.S., was clearly a homophobic hate crime. The Pulse night club where it occurred is an LGBT community hotspot and the shooter’s father reported his son becoming very angry at the mere sight of two men kissing. He may not have committed a hate crime in the past, so the Hate Crime Prevention Act might not have stopped him, but his actions demonstrate a clear link between bigoted hate and murder.
Gun control laws are extremely difficult to pass in this nation due to the tight grip the NRA has upon many politicians. However, we should all agree that violent crimes based on bigotry should disqualify a person from getting their hands on assault rifles like the one used by the Orlando shooter. Sign our petition to urge Congress to pass the Hate Crime Prevention Act.
Dear Majority Leader McConnell,
In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the nation, Senator Bob Casey has introduced the Hate Crime Prevention Act. This would simply ban individuals convicted of a hate crime from legally purchasing a firearm in the U.S. Considering the fact that hate crimes are, as the name suggests, violent crimes based entirely on bigoted hatred, it seems perfectly reasonable to keep extremely deadly weapons out of their hands.
Even if you firmly believe in 2nd Amendment rights, I think we can all agree that those who commit crimes, especially violent ones, forfeit certain rights. Furthermore, an outdated interpretation of the 2nd Amendment shouldn’t override the rights of law-abiding citizens to feel reasonably safe in public spaces.
People who commit hate crimes tend to continue being violent, especially since mental health care in this country is inadequate and criminal rehabilitation is all but nonexistent. Until you can fix these problems, we demand that you support the Hate Crime Prevention Act and urge other senators in your party to do the same. It’s the least you can do for the grieving families and LGBT community in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
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