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.