Another angry man with a gun. Another mass shooting. More innocent young lives lost.
President Obama, in his remarks yesterday on the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, is correct in saying that change will come when the people demand it. We must demand that our elected officials act to stop the carnage by passing common sense federal gun laws. Close the loopholes on background checks that allow even criminals and terrorists to buy guns online and at gun shows. Ban assault weapons and high-caliber magazines that allow killers to cause carnage in mere seconds. Strengthen gun trafficking laws and its penalties.
But who are the elected officials voting with the NRA and against the safety of its citizens? Perhaps in his press conference, the President should have read the names of the Senators who voted no on background checks. Might they feel shame, just a bit?
Below are the names. Some have since left the Senate. But these are the Senators that voted against stronger criminal background checks in 2013, soon after the Sandy Hook massacre of 26 small children and educators. If they had the courage to vote yes, how many lives would have been saved?
- Shame the Senators that voted no to background checks–especially those now running for president: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham. Contact their offices, shame them on social media, and demand they vote to protect their citizens and not the NRA.
- Contact your own Senators and Congressional reps and demand they act to stop the carnage.
- Support strong federal background checks: Two laws have recently been introduced in the House: H.R. 3411, the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2015–favored by NYAGV–would close the private gun sale loophole that currently allows terrorists, criminals, domestic abusers and the seriously mentally ill to purchase guns on the internet, from individuals, and at gun shows. Another bill, H.R. 1217, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015, would also close loopholes, but allows exceptions for family/friend transfers.
No Votes (46) on Background Checks, April 2013
|Richard M. Burr||R||NC|
|Michael D. Crapo||R||ID|
|Michael B. Enzi||R||WY|
|Charles E. Grassley||R||IA|
|Orrin G. Hatch||R||UT|
|James M. Inhofe||R||OK|
|Richard C. Shelby||R||AL|