Target: United States Congress
Goal: Ban assault weapons on the federal level
The shocking and devastating events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have made headlines all across the world, and reignited continued outrage about US gun policy. Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, six have taken place since 2007.
President Bill Clinton signed an assault weapons ban into law in 1994, but the measure expired a decade later. Democrats have tried several times since then to renew the ban without success. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) called for the ban to be renewed after the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado this past summer, where 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a movie theater. The tragedy in Connecticut is likely to lead to a very serious conversation on national violence and military-style firearms.
The bill proposed by Feinstein will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively and ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets. According to Feinstein, “The purpose of this bill is to get… weapons of war off the streets.”
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on members of Congress and the public to put all options on the table. He said members of Congress need to review the legality of assault weapons, such as the M-4 Bushmaster rifle used at Sandy Hook by Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old gunman who committed suicide after shooting 20 children. Durbin said the availability of high-capacity ammunition magazines and body armor should also receive scrutiny.
It’s time highly efficient and dangerous guns were taken off the streets. Sign the petition to demand a federal ban on assault weapons.
Dear Members of Congress,
Enough is enough. We cannot call ourselves the greatest nation on earth and continue to tolerate mass murder on a regular basis. We cannot call ourselves the greatest nation on earth if our children are not safe in their own classrooms.
We acknowledge that gun control will not solve every problem contributing to mass murder. But continued inertia is most certainly not the answer. How many more lives will have to be lost before we do something? 26 innocent people were murdered in cold blood on Friday, the vast majority were children. The lives of those families, and of the survivors will never be the same. The urgency here is that this is not an isolated incident. Mass murder by assault weapon is becoming an epidemic in the United States.
We must sign a Federal Assault Weapons ban NOW. There is no reason American civilians need to have these kinds of weapons lying around their homes. It is simply not worth the agony and the pain any longer. Take action, now.
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