There have been 277 mass shootings so far in 2017, more than one per day, but Republican-controlled legislatures continue to try to loosen existing gun laws.
US Senator Johnny Isakson: (202) 224-3643
Senator Isakson doesn’t believe in waiting periods or gun registration, but he does have some concerns about mass shootings. Let him hear yours!
US Senator David Perdue: (202) 224-3521
Senator Perdue is opposed to closing the gun-show loophole and usually 100 percent on board with the NRA’s agenda. He has said he’s open to banning bump stocks, so tell him you support that!
US Rep. Jody Hice: (202) 225-4101
Rep. Hice is a 2nd Amendment absolutist. Tell him that’s not a pro-life position!
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Isakson: (770) 661-0999
Perdue: (404) 865-0087
Hice: (770) 207-1776
The Gun Violence Archive has tracked nearly 12,000 gun-related deaths and nearly 47,000 gun-related injuries in 2017, a number that goes up every day. Mass shootings in Las Vegas, Orlando and Newtown, to name just a few, capture our attention, but gun regulations tend to ease, not tighten, in their aftermath. Did you know that 90% of the general public, 84% of gun owners and 74% of NRA members support requiring universal background checks for gun sales?
So why doesn’t Congress want to close the gun-show loophole? Why was a bill that would lift restrictions on the purchase of silencers making its way to the floor (with the support of 10th District Rep. Jody Hice)? Paul Ryan may have said that the silencer bill isn’t coming up for a vote any time soon, but he hasn’t said the same about H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which is still moving forward. H.R. 38 (cosponsored by Jody Hice) would require all states to accept concealed carry permits from any other state, removing the ability of each state to make its own gun laws. In effect, it makes the loosest concealed carry requirements the law of the land. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, some Republicans (including Sen Perdue!) have expressed interest in regulating the sale of bump stocks, which allow a semiautomatic weapon to function like an automatic, but the NRA doesn’t want a law banning them.
Reasonable gun control is a bipartisan issue, something that’s often hard to realize. The NRA’s influence is just that strong. Don’t be afraid to politicize this issue. Calls for mourning and unity are mostly an attempt to squash debate until you stop paying attention and the next terrible gun bill can become law.
Studies show that personalized calls are more effective than multiple calls reading the same script, so express your personal feelings frankly! Here is an example script that you can build off of or use:
My name is [NAME], calling from [CITY & ZIP]. I cannot believe that both the Senate and the House continue to try to push for looser gun laws. 90 percent of the public and 74 percent of NRA members support requiring universal background checks for gun sales. In addition, I am upset that concealed carry reciprocity legislation continues to be on the agenda. I want my state to be able to enforce its own laws, and I think this is federal overreach. I am asking Senator [Isakson or Perdue or Rep. Hice] to stop pushing for looser gun laws and support the effort to ban bump stocks through legislation.
Thank you very much for passing on this message.
Please call Senators Isakson and Perdue and Rep. Hice TODAY.
TELL THEM: Sensible gun control is a bipartisan issue that will save lives.
Thanks for caring, standing, and persisting,
Legislative Action Network
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