Target: Senator Mitch McConnell, majority leader of the Senate
Goal: Don’t overturn measure that prevents mentally ill from purchasing guns.
In response to the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that claimed 26 lives, President Barack Obama pushed a measure that disqualified persons with a history of mental illnesses from purchasing guns. Now, Congressional Republicans are seeking to undo those safety measures. Republicans in the House have voted in favor of preventing the Social Security Administration from reporting mentally disabled insurance recipients to the FBI, which would remove the mentally ill’s greatest legal barrier to purchasing guns. Proponents of the bill claim that it aims to protect everyone’s Second Amendment right, regardless of disability, but it grossly overlooks the danger this poses to the U.S. public.
People with mental disabilities deserve all the help and resources they need to make their lives easier, but access to guns should not be part of that solution. Tell the Senate to vote against this dangerous bill.
Dear Senator McConnell,
I condemn Congressional Republicans’ attempt to allow people with mental disabilities to purchase guns without a background check. Background checks for gun purchases are an essential aspect of keeping Americans safe from unnecessary gun violence. With America’s gun homicide rate being 25 times that of any other developed country, the solution is not to loosen regulations on who can purchase firearms. While I believe that people with mentally disabilities deserve quality mental care services and shouldn’t face discrimination in other aspects of their lives, I do think it is incredibly irresponsible to allow them to purchase firearms.
I understand the importance of protecting the sanctity of the Constitution, but I hope you can agree that American lives are far more valuable than a partisan desire to protect the Second Amendment indiscriminately, at any cost. Please vote against Representative Johnson’s bill.
[Your Name Here]
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