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Universal background checks will make all of us safer. Gun owners are calling on @MarcoRubio and @SenRickScott to vote YES on this piece of lifesaving legislation. Join them by texting FLORIDA to 34131.
After tragic shootings in Parkland and at Pulse nightclub, Floridians want change. Our new polling shows the majority of Florida voters want universal background checks — and they won’t vote for senators who oppose this lifesaving legislation. #flpol https://t.co/jv6Ot0gt5T
Ahmaud Arbery should be turning 27 today, but he was chased and killed while out for a jog in his neighborhood. Our hearts go out to his family and his mom, who will see another Mother’s Day without her son. Enough is enough.
4 of the 10 deadliest shootings in recent US history happened in Texas. If more guns in more places made us safer, Texas should be one of the safest places in the country. By passing permitless carry, the #txlege just made it worse.
Last weekend, survivors & members of Giffords Gun Owners for Safety helped plant trees in Denver to honor Colorado youth killed by gun violence. The Mending Roots Forest Project is a living memorial and an initiative dedicated to preventing gun violence. #copolitics
“One bill is not going to solve gun violence in America, but shame on us if we reject a commonsense approach that most gun owners support.” We agree with @SenatorDurbin—extreme risk protection orders are a proven, targeted tool with bipartisan support that can save lives.
With proper implementation, an extreme risk protection order could’ve prevented the shooting that killed 8 people in Indianapolis. This week’s Senate hearing on extreme risk laws was a necessary step to stopping another tragedy. Thank you @SenBlumenthal for leading on this.
This week, Vic Bencomo not only testified to the Senate as both a gun owner and a veteran—but also as a friend who has personally taken guns from a fellow veteran in distress. Watch Vic’s powerful testimony calling on Congress to support extreme risk protection orders:
THIS part right here 👇 Last night @POTUS gave our gun violence crisis the attention it demands—and called on Senate Republicans to work with Democrats on lifesaving gun reform. Biden is right: This isn’t a partisan issue—it’s an American one.
Promises made. Promises kept. @POTUS unveiled a slate of executive actions to prevent gun violence in his first 100 days. We’re still waiting for Congress to act, but the good news is: once the Senate passes universal background checks, President Biden has pledged to sign it.
“As a veteran, I have a single request for the Senate: please do everything in your power to save lives from gun violence & save veterans from suicide.” Grateful to Vic Bencomo of our Colorado Gun Owners for Safety for testifying to the Senate on the need for extreme risk laws.
👊 Sending a virtual fist bump to Vic Bencomo, a Navy vet and the President of our Colorado Gun Owners for Safety. He's testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution today about how extreme risk protection orders save lives, especially from veteran suicide.
“It’s frustrating when we can’t do things to keep people safe.” Local leaders see up close how gun violence devastates communities more than other elected officials. @AkronOhioMayor Horrigan joined fellow mayors in calling on the Senate to pass universal background checks.
“The background check loophole has created an enormous illegal gun market and all of us are seeing that in our cities.” Watch @MayorSchewel explain why cities need the Senate to pass universal background checks.
“There are Democrats, there are Republicans, and there are mayors.” Like @QuintonLucasKC said: Public safety can’t be a partisan issue. Mayors are tasked with keeping their communities safe. It’s time Congress gave them the tools they need to do their jobs.
“No elected official speaks with more authenticity than mayors when it comes to gun safety.” @JohnFeinblatt of @Everytown is right—mayors are on the frontlines of our gun violence crisis. Congress should listen to them.
Three years ago, four innocent people were killed and four others were injured at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. The shooter was prohibited from having firearms, but our weak gun laws let him get one anyway. Today and always, we must honor their lives with action.
22 years ago, 12 students and an educator were killed at Columbine High School, while countless others suffered physical and emotional trauma. Today, school shootings are worse and active shooter drills are the norm. For the safety of our children and country, Congress must act.
“We must follow the example of @GabbyGiffords, and do what is necessary to save American lives.” Thank you @WhipClyburn for the work you’ve done to close the Charleston Loophole, which led to the murder of nine Black worshippers in Charleston in 2015. #CourageToAct
“Gabby, you epitomize survivorship every single day...This movement would not be where it is today without your leadership.” We would say the same thing about you, @RepLucyMcBath. We are forever grateful for your commitment to this issue and to fellow survivors. #CourageToAct