Fight Against the Gun Control Rollback
In 1938 Karl Frederick, the NRA’s president said, “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons... I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”
On thursday, House Republicans (and some Democrats!) employed a rarely used tool called the Congressional Review Act to rollback a measure that prevented those with mental illness from being able to buy guns. The Obama regulation required those with a mental disorder so severe they cannot work or handle their own finances to be entered into a gun-buying background check system. The background check would prevent them from being able to purchase a firearm.
This is a common sense gun control measure, put into place in the wake of shootings like Sandy Hook. And it barely scratched the surface of our nation's gun problems. It has always been clear that the Republicans, and some Democrats, are willing to barter away our safety and well-being in order to stay cozy with the gun industry, but this rollback is an outrageous new low.
1. CALL/FAX/EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE NOW!
• Find their contact here and here.
• Ask them how they voted, and let them know you are opposed to the rollback. We need more common sense gun control in this country, not less! Don't assume your representative is a Democrat because you live in a blue state, and don't assume because they are a Democrat they will always vote in line with your beliefs. Republican or Democrat, they need to hear our voices on this issue.
3. POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook or tweet at your Rep and Senators! Social media is a powerful tool for getting their attention quickly on an issue. Post about it on your page and send to friends who may want to share it.
Use this script if you need it (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hi Rep/Sen __, I am outraged at the houses's vote to rollback a common sense gun control measure. This was the bare minimum of checks that we could've put into place in the wake of shootings like Sandy Hook, and the increasing number of gun-related deaths in our country.
If speaking with Republican,
The measure was written to apply to a very narrow group of those who are severely mentally ill, not to a broader range of people with disabilities, as many who voted claimed. This is not a rollback on an infringement of rights, but rather a favor to the NRA and the gun lobby. It is very clear to me that you did not have the health and safety of your constituents at heart when making this vote.