Target: Republican Senators who voted to begin discussion about increased gun control
Goal: Commend these Republican senators who voted for open gun control debate and encourage their continued bipartisan support.
Recently, the Senate voted 68-31 in favor of progressing debates concerning gun control in America. The extensive talks will include the expansion of background checks for gun buyers, increasing the penalties for criminal sales, and renewing the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Though these negotiations were severely threatened by a conservative led filibuster, 16 Republicans reached across the isle and, at the very least, voted to begin serious talks about increasing gun control, and they should be commended.
Senator Alexander and Senator Corker of Tennessee, Senator Ayotte from New Hampshire, Senator Burr from North Carolina, Senator Chambliss and Isakson from Georgia, Senator Coburn of Oklahoma, Senator Collins from Maine, Senator Flake and Senator McCain from Arizona, Senator Graham of South Carolina, Senator Heller of Nevada, Senator Hoeven of North Dakota, Senator Kirk from Illinois, Senator Toomy of Pennsylvania, and Senator Wicker of Mississippi all voted to open debate on gun control despite the Republican party’s hard stance on the topic.
In 2010, the Center for Disease Control reported 180,811 deaths due to injury in the United States, 31,672 of which were caused by firearms—or 17.5 percent. Moreover, this number includes mass shootings. The FBI defines a mass shooting as four or more people (not including the shooter) being killed in one incident. According to the record, 646 mass shootings were reported in America from 1976-2010. These staggering numbers as well as the horrific images from mass shooting around the country in past years should be more than enough evidence to persuade this country’s legislators to severely tighten gun control.
Though there is no concrete answer to why gun violence in this country is so high, and no full-proof solution, by limiting potentially dangerous people’s access to firearms and banning assault weapons, this country could severely cut down on these senseless losses of life.
Please sign this petition to commend these 16 Republicans from voting across party lines on such an important topic, and urge them to continue their apolitical approach to enhancing gun control.
Your vote across party lines to open debate on gun control in America is one that needs to be commended. Gun violence in this country has plagued this country for too long, taken too many lives, and avoided government inspection too many times. It’s time serious talks begin with the sole purpose of perusing a more efficient and effective way of gun control.
The expansion of background checks for gun buyers, increasing the penalties for criminal sales, and renewing the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, should be just starting points for amending this country’s gun control policy’s. This can only happen, however with your continued bipartisan support.
In 2010 the CDC reported 180,811 deaths due to injury in the United States, 31,672 of which were caused by firearms—that’s 17.5 percent. Many of these deaths include those killed in mass shooting, which, according to the FBI, there have been 646 of from 1976 to 2010.
These staggering numbers as well as the horrific images from mass shooting around the country in past years, should be more than enough evidence to persuade this country’s legislators to severely tighten gun control.
Please do all you can do see that gun control debates remain apolitical, and everything is done to ensure the continued safety of all American citizens.
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