June 17th - On this day of remembrance for the anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, here is another important action to take - Call Your Senators. Early yesterday morning -- after nearly 15 hours, holding one of the longest filibusters in U.S history -- a bipartisan coalition of senators led by Senator Chris Murphy forced leaders in the Senate to allow a vote on key gun violence prevention legislation! This vote is scheduled to be held early next week, probably Monday.
This legislation is in the form of two amendments to a 2017 CJS Appropriations Bill. The first amendment proposed by Senator Feinstein would close the terror cap to keep individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns. The second amendment proposed by groups of Senators would call for Universal Background Checks so that every private gun sale involves a NICS Background Check. Now almost 40% of guns sales at gun shows, on the internet or between individuals do not include background checks.
You can help on this vote by calling both your United States Senators: Burr at (202) 224-3154 and Tillis at (202) 224-6342. Ask each of them to support strong and effective Terror Gap and Background Check bills to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.
Tell the staffer that answers - Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling to let Senator _____ know that I want him to support strong and effective background check and terror gap amendments to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. Please vote YES on the Feinstein amendment and YES on the Universal Background Checks amendment.
A lot of phone calls are being made, so you may get the office voicemail when you call. Please leave a message for the Senator if you can't reach a staffer. Let us know how your calls go - firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Let's honor with action for Charleston, Orlando, and all the victims and survivors of gun violence,