SPEAK UP FOR GUN SAFETY LAWS
We should feel safe in America. But every day, 100 people die from gun violence. And every hour of every day, a child is wounded or killed by a gun. Now momentum is building for sensible gun control laws.
Momentum is strongest (97% approval) for expanding background checks to include informal sales at gun shows.
A bipartisan bill with just such a feature, known as HR 8, was introduced into the House of Representatives last month. It is expected to pass the House this week. Then it goes to a Senate where chances of passing are slim.
To be effective, experts say broader background checks must be part of a larger network of gun safety laws. This is where Oregon is stepping up. After an election that handed Democrats in Oregon a supermajority, gun safety proposals are multiplying in Salem.
Tomorrow, 300-plus gun safety advocates will lobby legislators in Salem for laws that:
- Encourage responsible gun storage and leaves owners responsible if those weapons cause harm.
- Strengthens gun relinquishments requirements for people convicted of domestic violence or stalking.
The NRA’s hold on politicians is somewhat weaker today. Our representatives in DC and Salem need to support gun safety measures, loudly.
ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:
(Leave a message if you can’t get through)“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because we need to end gun violence in this country. I thank the Senator for co-sponsoring S. 42 – the companion to HR 8 – for universal background checks. I hope the Senator can push for a vote on S. 42 in the Senate. This is a commonsense first step toward gun violence preventions.
CALL SENATOR MERKLEY
CALL SENATOR WYDEN
ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES
Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here.
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVES:
(Leave a message if you can’t get through)
For everyone but Walden: “My name is [
For Walden: My name is [
CALL Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)
Call Greg Walden (OR-02)
CALL BLUMENAUER (OR-03)
CALL PETER DEFAZIO (OR-04)
CALL Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
ACTION THREE: STAND UP FOR GUN SAFETY IN OREGON
Join more than 300 activists attending the gun violence prevention lobby day in Salem tomorrow. Sign up and get details at the Moms Demand Action website athttps://west-moms.ngpvanhost.com/ngpvanforms/29289
If you cannot come to Salem please call or email your representatives and tell them to pas domestic violence relinquishment measures and require responsible storage of firearms.
CNN, Dec. 24, 2018: “
Vox, Feb. 6, 2019: “Democrats need to think way bigger on guns”
KEZI Television, Jan. 15, 2019: Gun control bills up for debate in Oregon’s 2019 legislative session