Call your Senators to support S. 2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 bill.
In 1994, Congress passed a law that banned 18 semi-automatic weapons, including the AR-15 rifle. Despite widespread public support for it, Congress let the law expire in 2004.
Since then, America has suffered several deadly shootings in which the killers used semi-automatics: Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, the attacks on the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in 2012, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2017, the especially deadly attack on concertgoers in Las Vegas in 2017, the incident a rural Texas church that same year, and most recently, the Valentine’s Day 2018 murders at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In most cases, the killers were legally free to buy the firearms they later used to destroy so many American lives.
In November 2017, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced S. 2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017. It would outlaw ownership of numerous types and brands of semi-automatic firearms, including the AR-15.
Statistics show that gun massacres–attacks in which at least six people were killed–fell during the decade that the assault weapons ban was in place.
See this Washington Post story about experts’ call to reinstate the ban and scroll down for the graphic supporting this point. It reflects an 183 percent increase in gun massacres and a 239 percent increase in massacre deaths following the expiration of the law:
Feinstein’s bill hasn’t progressed since she introduced it last fall. The GovTrack page on the bill gives it a Skopos prognosis of 11 percent.
We at OTYCD recommend that you call your Senators and ask them to move the bill forward (also, scroll down to see our standing note about supporting gun safety laws).
Important: Do either of your Senators sit on the Judiciary Committee? Then it’s extra-important for you to call and voice your support for S. 2095. The Judiciary Committee will decide if the bill will proceed to the Senate floor.
See the list of Senate Judiciary Committee members (Feinstein is the Ranking Member):
Sample call script: “Dear Senator (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to support S. 2095, which would update and renew the assault weapons ban that Congress allowed to expire in 2004. Since then, the country has suffered most of the bloodiest attacks in its history–Sandy Hook, the Pulse nightclub attack, the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Las Vegas shooting, the church in rural Texas, and the tragedy that killed 17 at the high school in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day. Statistics show that after the ban lapsed, gun massacre events rose by 183 percent, and deaths in gun massacres rose by 239 percent. It’s time we reinstate the ban on these especially deadly weapons. Please look at Feinstein’s bill and support it.”
See the GovTrack entry on S. 2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017:
See a New York Times interactive story on how the perpetrators of several shootings obtained their weapons. It has been updated to reflect how the suspect in the Parkland, Florida incident got his weapons:
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A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.
The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest restraint on ownership of guns in America.
That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.
So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.
We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.
We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.
OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.
We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.
If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.
Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.
#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.