Every day over 90 students, teachers, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and co-workers are killed by gun violence. We must do more to stop this national epidemic. Now is not the time for partisan talking points that divide our country, we need to enact common-sense reforms that will keep all Americans safe.
The first step? Banning high-capacity assault weapons. Join me in calling on my colleagues in Congress to ban assault weapons.
While the Second Amendment endows the right to bear arms, it also is understood to give every person the liberty to live without the fear of the unjustified violence that stems from firearms. [Unfortunately, extremist organizations like the National Rifle Association have bought politicians who are too afraid to stand up to their corrupting influence, and block all reforms, even those with bipartisan and wide popular support.]
It’s time we pursue common-sense reforms that will keep our neighbors and family members safe. We need to:
- implement mandatory background checks for all gun buyers, including online, at gun shows, and even for 3-D printed guns;
- prevent all convicted domestic abusers from buying guns and once-and-for-all close the so-called “boyfriend loophole;”
- ban assault rifles with high-capacity magazines;
- ban the sale of guns to violent criminals and the mentally ill; and
- ensure that every gun-buyer is subject to an appropriate waiting period for all purchases.
Let’s chip away at this list, one piece at a time. Sign the petition and tell Congress: ban assault weapons.