Commentary: Morris Moms to Mitch McConnell: Time for a vote on gun reforms

By Jeri Patasnik and Eytan Stern Weber

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must address the urgency of the gun violence epidemic in America by allowing a vote in the Senate to pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales, as well as strong Red Flag Laws to prevent future tragedies.

The Senate has had over 200 days to pass life-saving, smarter gun laws, and each day they fail to act, 100 Americans will die by gun.

“The man who held a gun to my head would not have had that gun if we required background checks on ALL gun sales,” explains Lisa Hendricks, gun violence survivor and volunteer for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The firearm was purchased at a Colorado gun show. No background check was required and no questions asked. Loopholes in our current laws allow convicted felons, domestic abusers, and people with dangerous mental illnesses to routinely exploit the current system for easy access to guns.

Simply put, this is unacceptable and absolutely preventable.

In just the first weekend of August alone, 31 people were killed in acts of mass gun violence within 24 hours in El Paso and Dayton, and the Senate failed to act, yet again.

The gun lobby, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and President Trump think we have stopped paying attention. We know they’re wrong, and we’re going to keep proving it!

Please write, call, and tweet your Senators to demand they enact life-saving, smarter gun laws now! Text “CHECKS” to 644-33 to send a direct message to your Senator.

Then, text “READY” to 644-33 to join us, Moms Demand Action! You do not need to be a mother to be a Mom. You just have to believe in our mission to reclaim America’s safety.

Jeri Patasnik of Morristown is Morris County Communication Lead for Moms Demand Action. Eytan Stern Weber is New Jersey Communications Lead for Moms Demand Action.


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  1. Also note the statistics on the number of deaths caused by gunshots never intended for the victims, children killed by guns left unattended in homes, hunter accidents. We all heard about the incident, when then Vice President Cheney accidentally shot his friend, although he didn’t kill him, but how many similar accidents occur without publicity. why are countries than ban guns, so much safer?

  2. District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), is a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home, and that the District of Columbia’s handgun ban and requirement that lawfully owned rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock” violated this guarantee.[1] It also stated that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated. It was the first Supreme Court case to decide whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense or if the right was intended for state militias.

  3. A quote from the Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger (serving from 1969 to 1986):
    The real purpose of the second amendment was to ensure that state armies – the militia – would be maintained for the defense of the state. The very language of the second amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires.

  4. Margaret Brady, I would be happy to take your bet – and your dollars. You know what they say about a fool and their money.

  5. Jeff, it seems is the one who never seems to understand or even have the courage to let us know his own last name. I’d be willing to bet he owns a gun.

  6. What Moms Demand Action knows is that anyone who can pass a background check will still be able to get a gun. If you can’t, you shouldn’t then be able to get one, like the latest mass shooter did, through an online private sale. This must stop NOW!

  7. Thank you, Jeri and Eytan, for making sure we are still paying attention. Trump, McConnell, and the NRA lobbyists are all hoping we’ll soon be distracted. Not this time, thanks to advocates for sensible gun laws like yourselves.

    After a mass murder we watched New Zealand take action to eliminate all semiautomatic guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines in just a few months. That’s because they had courageous leadership who had the will to reduce gun violence.

    We also can demand that kind of leadership. Contact your legislators, and please VOTE.