Action Alerts 2019

Action Alerts 2019

Action Alert

February 26, 2019

Contact U.S. House of Representatives to Demand a Yes Vote on H.R.8, “The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019”

The House is expected to address a true national emergency this week – America’s devastating gun violence crisis. On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, it is scheduled to vote on H.R. 8, requiring that ALL gun sales undergo background checks.

Background

Introduced in January, 2019, by Rep. Mike Thompson (D CA-5) and Rep. Peter King (R NY-21), H.R. 8 would expand the Brady background checks to cover all private firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the Internet, or in classified ads. There are a few exceptions to the background requirement, such as a transfer between spouses, domestic partners, between parents and their children, between siblings, between aunts or uncles and their nieces and nephews, or between grandparents and their grandchildren.

For the first time in almost a decade, a hearing was held by the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago, and subsequently, the legislation was reported out of committee. To date, the House bill has 231 co-sponsors: 226 Democrats and 5 Republicans.

How H.R. 8 Would Save Lives and Provide Public Safety (Talking Points are from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.)

  • After the Brady law went into effect, gun murders fell by an astonishing 32 percent from 1993 to 2006, and has continued to hold steady or decline ever since.
  • 20 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to build upon the current system established by the Brady law and have expanded background checks to at least some private sales.
  • States that have expanded the scope of their background checks have seen impressive results—53 percent fewer law enforcement officers are shot and killed in the line of duty, 47 percent fewer women are shot by intimate partners, and cities in states with expanded background checks see a 48 percent reduction in gun trafficking.
  • Expanded background checks work – states that require background checks on all handgun sales have seen less than half as many mass shooting incidents as states without that expanded requirement, as well as 35% fewer gun deaths per capita. A recent study also found significant differences in suicide rates in states that have adopted universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods compared to those without these laws.

Forms of Action

If you don’t have a representative in Congress, like those of us who are DC residents, or if you are unsure whether your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 8, (check here to confirm) join D.C. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in its phone banking endeavor to reach voters in key states to explain the need for common-sense gun reform legislation. Sign up here.

If you and your family and friends are lucky enough to actually HAVE representation in Congress, contact the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, and you will be connected with your appropriate House Representative’s office. Tell them that 97% of Americans support expanding background checks to all gun sales, including more than 80% of gun owners, and that you expect them to respect what “we the people” demand over what the NRA demands of the politicians it wants to control.

DEMAND A YES VOTE ON H.R. 8 THIS WEEK

(And yes, heavy lifting will be expected to demand action in the Senate later on its companion bill S. 42.)


 

January 21, 2019

Tell VA Delegate Margaret Ransone to send the ERA Bill to the House Floor

The VA House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Committee has sent the ERA bill, SJ 284, to Subcommittee #1, which is likely to be death for the bill. The Subcommittee will vote tomorrow morning (Tuesday January 22) at 7:00 a.m. as to whether to kill the bill or to send it to the House floor for a vote.

Please, please take a moment to send an email and to call Chair of Subcommittee #1, Margaret Ransone’s office and ask that she please do the will of 81% of Virginians and send the bill (SJ 284) to the House floor for a fair vote.

Margaret Ransone
DelMRansone@house.virginia.gov
(804) 698-1099

PS – If you are able to travel to Richmond for the subcommittee meeting, please do so. You will likely be back on the road by 9:00am

SAMPLE EMAIL

Dear Delegate Ransone,

81% of Virginians want to see SJ 284 get a fair vote. Please do your part and send it to the House floor for a vote. So many of us are counting on you to do the right thing.

With gratitude for your leadership,

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