Reinstate the Federal Ban on Assault Weapons

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Target: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

Goal: Pledge to reinstate the expired federal ban on assault weapons.

In the wake of the recent massacre in Colorado, communities are demanding that the government reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons. This expired assault weapons ban would have covered the rifle used in the Aurora shooting. Tell the Presidential candidates to do what they can to prevent more tragedies by restricting access to military-level assault weapons for civilians.

One of the principal weapons used in the horrific Aurora massacre was an AR-15 assault rifle. This weapon can hold 100 rounds of bullets and its trigger can fire 50-60 rounds per minute. The federal assault weapons ban known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act banned the sale of guns like the AR-15. Since the ban expired in 2004, however, it was shockingly easy for the shooter to buy the dangerous rifle.

The federal assault weapons ban was passed in 1994 to make it illegal for civilians to obtain military-level firepower. As a result of fierce lobbying by the NRA, unfortunately, the ban expired and has not been put back into place. Massacres on the scale of the horrific Aurora shooting happen in large part because our country’s current federal gun laws make it easy for civilians to buy military-level weapons. Of course, it will take much more than gun laws to change American culture so there are no more killings. But there is no doubt that keeping military-level assault weapons like the AR-15 out of the hands of civilians is an important first step.

Sign the petition below to tell President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to make it a priority to address the gun violence that keeps our communities in dangers and reinstate a strong version of the federal ban on assault weapons.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama and Governor Romney,

In the wake of the recent massacre in Colorado, it is obvious that we are in dire need of strong leadership that addresses the gun violence that keeps our communities in danger. The best way you can start providing this leadership is by reinstating the expired federal ban on assault weapons.

One of the principal weapons used in the horrific Aurora massacre was an AR-15 assault rifle. The federal assault weapons ban known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act banned the sale of guns like the AR-15. Since the ban expired in 2004, however, it was shockingly easy for the shooter to buy the dangerous rifle and commit the horrific tragedy we are all mourning now.

The federal assault weapons ban was passed in 1994 to make it illegal for civilians to obtain military-level firepower. As a result of fierce lobbying by the NRA, unfortunately, the ban expired and has not been put back into place. Massacres on the scale of the horrific Aurora shooting happen in large part because our country’s current federal gun laws make it easy for civilians to buy military-level weapons. Of course, it will take much more than gun laws to change American culture so there are no more killings. But there is no doubt that keeping military-level assault weapons like the AR-15 out of the hands of civilians is an important first step.

I urge you to make it a priority to address the gun violence that keeps our communities hostage and reinstate a strong version of the federal ban on assault weapons as soon as you can.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. LILLY BICARBONATE says:

    FUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU SECND AMENDMENT GIVES US THE RIGHT TO HAVE WEAPONS FOR SPORTS, SELF DEFENSE AND HUNTING….DONT BAN GUNS….JUST BECAUSE YOU MAKE THEM ILLEGAL DOESNT MEAN THEY WILL BE UNOBTAINABLE….GUNS WILL ALWAYS B AROUND…AND NOW THE CROOKS WILL HAVE THE GOOD GUNS WHILE WE GET ALL SHOT UP AND KILLED CAUSE WE DONT HAVE TO GOOD GUNS TO DEFEND OURSELFS, BOLT ACTION GUNS ARE A FUCKING JOKE….THEY ONLY SHOT ONCE AND U BETER MAKE SURE YOU FUCKING HIT THEM OR YOUR DEAD.

  2. Those who are trying to maintain the use of automatic weapons are obviously cowardly and fearful of something. I have to wonder what it is that.

  3. Thank you for helping spread the sentiments of a majority of Americans. Let us follow in the Steps of Australia and ban these weapons and then see the decrease in gun violence. Yes, these types of guns will always be available, but not all shooters have access to the criminal underground. The current generation would probably rather play video games anyhow.

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