Target: United States Senate Members
Goal: Expand background checks for gun purchases and limit the sale of assault weapons
The Senate recently failed to pass legislation that would have strengthened background checks for purchasing arms. The bipartisan gun control legislation was supposed to be a breakthrough in gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting and other recent actions of gun violence. However, the bill fell apart after Republicans – backed by a small group of rural-state Democrats – gave in to pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun rights interests. President Barack Obama harshly criticized lawmakers who voted against the bill. Pressure from the public must be put on Congress to immediately revisit this issue and pass meaningful gun control legislation.
The Senate made this disappointing vote a few months after a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut left 20 first graders and six school aides dead. The tragedy prompted Obama to focus on this issue, yet the Senate voted 54-46 on this bill, falling just short of the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster. Opponents justified their votes by claiming the bill infringed on Second Amendment rights and made an inaccurate claim that the legislation would set up a national gun registry, which was specifically banned in the bill. Senate supporters of the measure vowed to try again.
Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, offered no timetable for renewing the drive to enact legislation. The vast majority of Americans support universal background checks and consensus on this issue has been reached just about everywhere except in the United States Congress. The Senate must be aggressively pressured by the public to pass effective gun control immediately and the public must push them to overcome special interests and act in favor of public opinion.
Dear members of the United States Senate,
The vast majority of Americans support universal background checks for gun purchasers, particularly in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 first graders and six school aides dead. President Obama, backed by strong public support, has brought this issue to center stage, yet the Senate voted 54-46 this week against the bill, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster.
Consensus on this issue has been reached just about everywhere except in the United States Congress and public is very disappointed in its leaders. Pressure from the National Rifle Association and political interests should never outweigh public opinion. Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, offered no timetable for renewing the drive to enact legislation. The public demands that Congress immediately revisit this issue and pass meaningful legislation that will strengthen background checks and regulate the sale of assault weapons. The Senate needs to do its job and put policies in place that that will protect United States citizens from further acts of gun violence.
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