It is with a heavy heart that I write to you again about another gun-related mass murder. This time it was at a Texas church and 26 people are dead, many of them children. Three of the five deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history have occurred within the last year.
On December 6th at 10am, the Senate Judiciary Committee is planning to hold a hearing on bump stocks, a firearm accessory used by the Las Vegas mass shooter last month that enabled his guns to fire more like automatic weapons.
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is a Judiciary Committee member. Senator Tillis needs to hear from you today that banning bump stocks is an important first step and that we need to do more.
Specifically, we need also need to ban military style assault weapons and do more to prevent domestic violence abusers from obtaining guns. We know that the Texas shooter used a military style assault weapon and had a history of domestic violence. In 54% of mass shootings from 2009 to 2016 the shooters killed intimate partners or other family members. 25% of all mass shooting fatalities were children. Yet federal law allows misdemeanor stalkers and domestic abusers in dating relationships to get guns (the boyfriend loophole).
You can reach Senator Tillis at 202-224-6342. Here is a sample message to use:
“I am calling to ask the senator to help prevent future mass killings by working to ban bump stocks, ban military style assault weapons and close the boyfriend loophole. These mass shootings must be addressed with common sense and effective laws such as these. I urge the senator to do all that he can to stop gun violence.”
Your calls will help Senator Tillis stand up to the corporate gun lobby to show that protecting the safety of Americans is our top priority.