On Monday night, the US Senate voted against two pieces of legislation that would help prevent guns from getting into the hands of the wrong people.
Voting largely along party lines, the Senate majority defeated an amendment proposed by Senator Feinstein that would close the terror gap and prevent individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.
Later, those same Senators struck down another amendment that would call for Universal Background Checks on all private gun sales. Currently almost 40% of guns sales at gun shows, on the internet or between individuals do not include background checks.
Both North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis voted with the majority to defeat these lifesaving measures. They chose not to put safety of our families first, pushing that aside to demonstrate their loyalty to the gun lobby. The National Rifle Association has given Sen. Thom Tillis $4,418,012 and contributed $805,219 to Sen. Richard Burr.
The Senate failed us, but we're not giving up yet. We still have an opportunity to make progress on gun control while the country's attention is focused on fixing this problem.
Will you call your US Representative and ask them to demand that House Speaker Paul Ryan allow members to debate and vote on this critical gun control legislation? You can look up the House member who represents you here - http://whoismyrepresentative.com/ .
Tell the staffer that answers - Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling to ask Representative _____ to demand that Speaker Ryan allow discussion and vote on gun violence prevention legislation. As your constituent, I support strong and effective background check and terror gap bills to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.
A lot of phone calls are being made, so you may get the office voicemail when you call. Please leave a message for the Representative if you can't reach a staffer. Thank you!
The US House of Representatives goes on recess on Friday so calls are really important to make now. We are insisting that they have a vote on these life saving measures before they go on vacation. Let us know how your calls go - email@example.com. Many thanks in advance for making these calls and for all of the calls that you made to our Senators.