The great thing about the end of the year is that all of the media outlets run retrospective articles about the year that is ending. As has been widely reported, 2019 has set a record for mass shootings with 410 as of 26 December, so, bonus, there could be more since mass shootings are so common place not all of them are reported in the news!
For fucking Jesus riding on a donkey’s sake, can we please do something about guns in America now? With the NRA dying a slow moneyless death, can we do it? Please?
There are a number of bills that need support right now, especially those languishing in #MassacreMitch’s graveyard! You can help them get passed. Follow these helpful steps:
I give you his number in the list at the end of the post.
Remember he said after the summer recess, we’d be discussing gun legislation. Do you remember that discussion? I sure don’t. How ’bout 60 million+ voters call his dumb ass and remind him of his broke promise? Wouldn’t that be a neat way of ringing in the new year?
Call Your Senators
There are three bills before the senate that need to be considered:
- S 66: Diane Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 has been filed and is in Judiciary Committee (Republican members: Graham, Grassley, Cornyn, Lee, Cruz, Sasse, Hawley, Tillis, Ernst, Crapo, Kennedy, and Blackburn; Democratic members: Feinstein, Leahy, Durbin, Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Coons, Blumenthal, Hirono, Booker, Harris)
- S 42: Chris Murphy’s The Background Check Expansion Act and is also in the Judiciary Committee.
- S 1462: Bob Casey’s Disarm Hate Act and is also in the Judiciary Committee.
Call Your Representative
Each of the senate bills has an equivalent in the House:
- HR 1296: David Cicilline’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 has been filed and referred to the Judiciary Committee (Democratic members:
- HR 1186: Ted Deutch’s Keep Americans Safe Act is similar to S 42 and has been discharged from the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
- HR 2708: David Cicilline’s Disarm Hate Act has been marked up and discharged by the Judiciary Committee. I assume it is waiting to come before the House.
- HR 3076: Lucy McBath’s Federal Extreme Risk Prevention Order Act of 2019 has been referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
The Five Calls Script
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [your location].
I’m calling to urge Representative or Senator [NAME] to take action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States by…
CHOOSE 1-3 BILLS from the lists above
Thank you for your time and attention.
IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
Tips for Calling
When you call your representative’s office, please remember the following:
- Ask for the aide working on the policy-related issues.
- Be polite! No matter whose office you’re calling. No matter what their positions are. No matter how inflamed you are about the issue — and you should be very passionate — be polite.
- Remember that the people you are talking to are people! So, be nice.
- Call during business hours of the area code their office is in. Typically, that is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Have a script or notes to follow so you don’t forget anything.
- Maybe call with friends. You know like a party.
Contacting Your MoC
Find out how to contact your MoC using these links!
- Common Cause will give you the names, party affiliation, direct phone number, website link, and social media platforms of all of your federal, state, and local elected officials.
- Call My Congress: Uses your zip code to locate your Congressional Representative and your Senators. And, it returns phone numbers, tweeter handle, party affiliation, voting record, and link to C-Span appearances!
- 5 Calls: Sign-up for 5 Calls because they help you contact your member of Congress and keep you abreast of on going issues that are important to you! Now, that is a good deal.
- The Capital Hill Switch Board: (202) 224-3121.
- MassacreMitch and #MoscowMitch: (202) 224-2541. Call him throughout the recess!
- Nancy Pelosi: Her DC office, (202) 225-4965; her California office, (415) 556-4862
Follow the link to Indivisible to find a group near you, their campaigns, events in your neighborhood, and download their handy-dandy booklet!
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