Background: Please encourage your senators to support legislation to reduce gun violence. On February 27, 2019 the House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), to require background checks for all firearm sales, including private, online and gun show sales. Polling shows broad public support among both Republicans and Democrats for expanded background checks. A companion bill, S. 42, has been introduced in the Senate but continues to be tabled by Senate leadership.
In addition, the Trump administration is trying to make it easier to sell guns and other weapons overseas. Please encourage your senators to support S. 459 which would keep these changes from taking effect.
Faith reflection: “May the triggers of our streets be beaten into plowshares. May the triggers of our hearts be met with the open arms of our neighbors. May we trust in the transformative power of your refining fire. Forge us to be instruments of your peace.” –Excerpt from prayer by Mike Martin, in A Loaded Conversation: An invitation to talk about guns
Action alert updated March 19, 2020 by John-Michael Cotignola-Pickens, Criminal Justice Education & Advocacy Coordinator.