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The Gun Violence Prevention movement needs the support of concerned citizens who want to make this country safe for their families, their neighbors and themselves. In order to accomplish our goals of making America safe, by having our legislators pass sensible gun laws, they need to hear from you.
Start your own Facebook page or Twitter page and let people know that this is a vital issue to you, and that you want to connect with like-minded people that do not want to see this epidemic of gun violence as the new “normal”.
The Newtown Action Alliance stages several events throughout the year to show our support for sensible gun laws, and to demonstrate to the leaders in Washington, DC that we are not going away, and that our voices will continue to be heard.
You can be part of our efforts by joining our events, or by getting involved in your community. Activities all across the country show our leaders, and the media, that we will not be intimidated by the gun lobby and their supporters.
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The NRA spent over $50 million to help Donald Trump and other Republicans get elected in 2016 and now they are emboldened to put guns in our schools, to allow anyone from other states with little to no permitting requirement to carry their loaded concealed weapons into our states and to repeal the silencer ban. These dangerous gun bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives.
H.R. 34 –Safe Student’s Act of 2017:
On January 3, 2017, Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY-4], the chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced H.R. 34, the Safe Students Act to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990 which “prohibits any person from knowingly possessing a firearm that has moved in or otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone. The GFSZA also prohibits any person from knowingly, or with reckless disregard for the safety of another, discharging or attempting to discharge a firearm that has moved in or otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place the person knows is a school zone. The GFSZA defines “school zone” as: 1) in, or on the grounds of, a public, parochial or private school; or 2) within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school.” (1)
On 01/12/2017, the Safe Students Act was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
A good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun is a myth. A 2013 FBI study of 160 active shootings between 2000 and 2013 showed that only one attack was stopped by an armed civilian (who happened to be a U.S. Marine) and 13% of those shootings were stopped by unarmed civilians.
Despite Donald Trump’s campaign promise to put guns in our schools on day one of his presidency, he needs the help of Congress to make it happen. Therefore, it is critical that you contact your members of Congress to let them know that you oppose guns in your schools.
H.R.38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017:
On January 3, 2017, Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC-8] H.R.38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 which would amend the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. “A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence. Additionally, the bill allows a qualified individual to carry or possess a concealed handgun in a school zone and in federally owned lands that are open to the public.”
On 01/12/2017, H.R. 38 has been referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
According to Center for American Progress, this federally mandated concealed carry legislation would override the state’s concealed carry laws. It would force states with strong requirements to accept permits from states with weak requirements or no requirements. As of today, 12 states do not require permits, background checks or firearms training for individuals to carry loaded concealed handguns.
H.R.367 – Hearing Protection Act of 2017
On January 9, 2017, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3] introduced H.R. 367 – the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 which “amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers, and (2) treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. Any person who pays a transfer tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015, may receive a refund of such tax. The bill amends the federal criminal code to preempt state or local laws that tax or regulate firearm silencers.”
This bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on 02/06/2017.
The oldest son of Donald Trump is an avid hunter who supports this bill. According to aViolence Policy Center’s report, “the campaign to deregulate silencers is merely the latest attempt by the gun lobby and gun industry, in the wake of declining household gun ownership, to market yet another military-bred product with little concern for its effect on public safety.” “silencers—both legal and illegal—have been involved in serious and sometimes deadly crimes that graphically illustrate the threat to public safety that making them widely available to the general public would represent.”
#HonorWithAction to #EndGunViolence:
Please don’t let the NRA win. Let’s #OutShoutTheGunLobby. Please contact your Congressional Reps at 202-224-3121 to let them know that you don’t support these dangerous gun bills that impact our public safety.
We hand-delivered the following letter to all members of Congress on the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. When you speak to your representatives, please urge them to support these federal gun bills that will help to end gun violence in our nation.
-Newtown Action Alliance
December 14, 2016
Dear Senator or Representative _______:
December 14, 2016 is the four-year anniversary date of the devastating Sandy Hook shootings. We continue to mourn the senseless loss of 20 innocent children and their educators on December 14, 2012. We also mourn the loss of 120,000 other Americans who have been killed with guns since that tragic day.
The brutal shootings of 20 children and six educators should have been enough for Congress to take swift action to reduce gun violence. It is tragic and shameful that the House of Representatives has not yet voted on a gun violence prevention (GVP) bill and the Senate has rejected the GVP bills three times in the last four years. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) bipartisan Senate Amendment 715 to S.649 to require background checks on gun sales, was defeated 54-46 on April 17, 2013 after the Sandy Hook shooting and defeated once again by 50-48 margin on December 3, 2015, the day after the San Bernardino shooting. Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) Amendment 4750 to H.R.2578 to require background checks on sale of all guns, was also defeated 55-44 on June 20, 2016 after the senseless Orlando Pulse Night Club shooting.
Annually, over 33,000 Americans die from gunshots and another 80,000 American are getting injured by gunshots. Congress has shamefully done nothing to close the dangerous loopholes in our nation’s gun laws to keep Americans safe from gun violence.
We are a coalition of families of victims, survivors, and gun violence prevention groups from across this great nation representing over 22 million supporters from every state and we are collectively imploring you to support the following bills to end gun violence in our nation:
CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES & EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS TO THE SALE OF ALL GUNS:
Senate: Re-introduce, vote on, and support Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) Senate Amendment 4750 to H.R.2578, which is the text language from Senator Charles Schumer’s bill, S.2934, “to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale”.
House: Cosponsor, vote on, and support companion language such as Rep. Jackie Speier’s (D-CA 14th District) Bill from the 114th Congress: H.R. 3411: the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2015.
For more information on why an expanded federal background check bill should be supported: https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BackgroundChecks-factsheet3.pdf
According to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, “Background checks keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people like felons, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill. According to FBI data, the Brady Law has blocked more than 3.0 million gun sales to prohibited people since it went into effect in 1994.”
Numerous polls consistently demonstrate that more than 90% of Americans support universal background checks.
BAN ASSAULT RIFLES AND HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES:
Senate: Introduce, vote on, and support a Senate companion to Representative David Ciciline’s (D-RI 1st District) bill H.R. 4269 to ban assault weapons and limit high capacity magazines.
House: Cosponsor, vote on, and support reintroduction of Representative David Cicilline bill H.R. 4269 to ban assault weapons and limit high capacity magazines.
REPEAL THE 2005 PROTECTION OF LAWFUL COMMERCE IN ARMS ACT (PLCAA):
Senate: Cosponsor, vote on, and support reintroduction of legislation like Senators Richard Blumenthal’s (D-CT) bill in the 114th Congress, S. 2469 – A bill to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to eliminate the special legal protection that shields the firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes have been committed with their products. For the last decade, PLCAA has provided the corporate gun industry special legal protection that is not enjoyed by any other industry in America.
House: Cosponsor, vote on, and support reintroduction of companion legislation by Rep. Adam Schiff, [D-CA-28] of H.R.4399 – Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act.
For more information on the harmful effects of PLCAA: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/guns-crime/report/2016/01/15/128949/immunizing-the-gun- industry-the-harmful-effect-of-the-protection-of-lawful-commerce-in-arms-act/
ALLOW THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC), AS WELL AS OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, TO AGGRESSIVELY CONDUCT RESEARCH ON GUN VIOLENCEPREVENTION:
Dedicate funding for the CDC to support gun violence prevention research and begin to reverse the chilling effect caused by the Appropriations amendment first authored by Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR) in 1996, also referred to as the Dickey Rider, which continues to practically limit the CDC and other federal agencies from directing public funding toward reducing gun injuries and deaths in America in any significant way equal to the challenge by taking a public health approach to studying it.
For more information on why gun violence research should be encouraged and funded without such destructive appropriations riders, go to: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/guns- crime/report/2016/03/09/132894/removing-barriers-and-reinvesting-in-public-health-research-on-gun- violence/
It is past time for Congress to do its job to keep all Americans safe from gun injuries and death. We demand a vote on these common sense measures to end gun violence in our nation.
Newtown Action Alliance
A New Routine for America
African American Ministers In Action (AAMIA)
All Saints Church Pasadena Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
Alliance of Baptists
American Federation of Teachers
American Humanist Association
American Nurses Association
Amnesty International USA
Arizonans for Gun Safety
Battle Born Progress
Bergen County Brady Chapter
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March Campaign to Unload
Center of Concern
Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance
Coalition Against Gun Violence, a Santa Barbara County Coalition
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
CT Against Gun Violence
Disciples Home Missions, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Every Child Matters
Fig Tree Revolution
Franciscan Action Network
Franciscan Peace Center
Friends Against Violence Everywhere
GAYS AGAINST GUNS
Georgians for Gun Safety
Global Justice Institute, Metropolitan Community Churches
Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence
Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership
Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Iowa Conference United Methodist Women
Iowans for Gun Safety
Islamic Society of North America
Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN)
Joint Action Committee
JPIC Committee of the Sisters of St. Francis
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Maine Gun Safety Coalition
Marylander to Prevent Gun Violence
Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. Washington Office
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Cathedral Gun Violence Prevention Group
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Council of Churches
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Education Association
National Gun Victims Action Council
National Physicians Alliance
Nebraskans Against Gun Violence
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence
Northern Virginia Brady Campaign
Northwest Corner Committee for Gun Violence Prevention
One Pulse for America
Pride Fund to End Gun Violence
Progressive Congress Action Fund
Protest Easy Guns
Rabbis Against Gun Violence
Reston-Herndon Alliance To End Gun Violence
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence
Safe Campus Colorado
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Stop Handgun Violence
Stop Killing Innocent People (SKIP)
Tampa Bay Center for Community Transformation
Team 26, Inc.
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus
The Connecticut Effect
The Safe Tennessee Project
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society Union for Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Association, Multicultural Growth & Witness United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
United Methodist Church
Utah Parents Against Gun Violence
Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
WAVE Educational Fund
Women Against Gun Violence
Women’s Law Project
Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice
Gun violence is a problem in America that can’t be ignored. We encourage you to give victims of gun violence a voice, and declare that you’ll be casting a vote in their honor. We are calling the campaign the #Ghost Vote. The aim of the new campaign is to put common-sense gun laws at the top of the agenda leading to the elections.
Everyone Supports Expanded Federal Background Checks. Except Congress. Demand Action.
Nothing Accomplished in DC
90% of Americans and 90% of gun owners support expanded Federal background checks. But Congress is only listening to the NRA lobbyists. Every year busloads of NAA activists, families of victims and survivors from Newtown and around the nation hand deliver letters to each member of Congress in support of expanded background checks. These letters are co-signed by groups representing over 26 Million Americans. Take your own action by calling the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak with your representatives’ offices. It’s easy. Demand they support expanded background checks. So far background checks have stopped more than 2 million dangerous individuals from purchasing guns, but we need to close all the loopholes with a strong Federal law.
Gun Makers Only Industry that Can’t be Sued. Wait, what?
Did you know that gun manufacturers are the only industry in America that is protected from lawsuits? Let that sink in. In 2005 Congress passed The federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) which grants broad immunity from liability to gun manufacturers and dealers in federal and state courts. Toys are better regulated. Victims of gun violence are the only citizens with such restricted rights to sue a manufacturer of a dangerous product.
Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter was killed in the Aurora Colorado movie theater shooting, are asking Congress to support the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act to repeal PLCAA . Click HERE to sign onto the letter to support Sandy and Lonnie.
Unload your Mutual Fund: Don’t Invest in Gun Profiteers
Before the Sandy Hook tragedy, it never occurred to us that our 401Ks, 529s, and IRAs and other accounts could be invested in mutual funds and stocks of companies that profit from the sale of guns and ammunition. Sickeningly, gun sales increase after every well publicized mass shooting.
You can help make a difference by unloading your investments in the gun industry. Reuters has compiled a list of more than 500 mutual funds that have stock holdings worth billions in these three gun manufacturers: Vista Outdoors, Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson.
You can find out if you are invested in these three gun manufacturers by checking this list. We hope you will contact your broker or fund manager to unload your investments in the gun industry right away.