End Loophole That Allowed “Charleston 9” Mass Murderer to Purchase Gun

McConnell - Gage Skidmore

Target: Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the US Senate

Goal: Extend the waiting period for purchasing a gun to ten days in order to allow thorough background checks and keep guns out of criminals’ hands.

As we mark the five-year anniversary of the “Charleston 9” murders, when nine Black churchgoers were shot by a White supremacist in Charleston, SC, Mitch McConnell is refusing to allow the Senate to vote on a gun violence bill. The bill would close the loophole that allowed the Charleston shooter to purchase a gun in spite of his criminal record. If passed, it could prevent tragedies like the one that occurred in 2015. McConnell, however, has ignored the bill for a full year since it passed in the House.

The Charleston shooter was able to buy a gun because his background check took longer than the waiting period of three days. This bill would extend the waiting period to ten days to prevent this type of loophole, essentially rendering effective the law that was already in place. Sign below to demand that Senator McConnell immediately allow a vote and pass this legislation before another preventable tragedy occurs.


Dear Senator McConnell,

Five years ago, nine innocent people died because of a simple loophole that allowed a racist killer to purchase a gun before his background check cleared. Senator James Clyburn wrote a bill that would close this loophole and prevent such an atrocity from occurring again, but rather than pass this urgent legislation, you have ignored it for a full year.

Your failure to allow a vote on this bill is an act of blatant disrespect for the lives of the Charleston 9 and for all citizens who still have to live in fear of white supremacists and mass murderers. This is not some controversial upheaval of the gun control system; the bill merely ensures the effectiveness of restrictions that already exist. I demand that you allow a vote and pass this legislation before another preventable tragedy occurs.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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  1. Jose Espino says:

    Owning a gun is a matter of life and death.

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