Gun Safety Report, Congress, Black History Month, Joni Ernst & Mike Bloomberg's Gun Safety Policy!
There is a huge opportunity to elect gun safety leaders to Congress who will pass commonsense gun laws.
In 2018, history was made by electing a gun safety majority in the House that passed universal background checks. But we need to do the same in the Senate to get a bill signed into law and save lives.
We have a president in the White House and Republicans in the Senate who refuse to act. So it’s up to us this year to flip seats and elect gun safety candidates—but we can only do that with your help.
Americans overwhelmingly support commonsense gun reform, and those in the pocket of the NRA need to know their time in Congress has come to an end.
Democrats only need to flip a few seats in the Senate to ensure a gun safety majority.
Every dollar that you donate will contribute to our important work this year to take back the Senate and save lives.
Gun violence impacts Americans every single day, but a large part of that impact rests on the shoulders of Black Americans. Making up the majority of gun homicide victims, Black Americans are 10 times more likely than their white counterparts to die by gun homicide.
At Everytown for Gun Safety, we know that Black Americans are not only at the forefront of experiencing the disproportionate effects of gun violence, but also on the front lines of fighting against it.
That's why throughout all of Black History Month, we're highlighting the stories of our partners who are doing this work every single day.
This Black History Month, we want to stress solutions to gun violence, and highlight the critical importance of community, healing, and empowerment. These leaders are putting in the work to end gun violence in their own communities, applying solutions that we know can work. This work involves not just passing common-sense gun laws, but mobilizing to provide the investments, infrastructure, and policies that will build safe and stable communities.
I hope that you will take the time to read and share the stories of Black Americans working to put an end to gun violence, and join me in commemorating Black History Month this February.
Senator Joni Ernst (Republican, Iowa) is blocking the Violence Against Women Act for all women in the United States, and doing so on behalf of the NRA.
Help us get 15,000 signatures before we deliver the petition to Joni. Recently, the House voted to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA ensures basic protections for sexual assault survivors and prevents convicted abusers from being able to purchase firearms. Even in this divisive moment in our politics — 33 House Republicans understood that passing this bill is the right thing to do. But when the bill arrived in the Senate, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst failed to do the same. It’s clear that the $3.1 million Sen. Joni Ernst received from the NRA was on her mind when she blocked the Violence Against Women Act from going to a vote — allowing stalkers & abusers to keep their guns. So we need to make it clear to Joni that this bill can mean life or death for thousands of women, and that she must stand up to the NRA. Please add your name now to the petition and urge Sen. Joni Ernst to pass this lifesaving bill. This is how broken our political system is — our Senators can’t even do the right thing when it comes to protecting sexual assault survivors. But after all the work Be A Hero has done to make sure Sen. Susan Collins is defeated in 2020 after voting to confirm Kavanaugh — other Republican Senators are now scared of facing our fury. If Sen. Joni Ernst receives a petition with thousands of signatures telling her to vote for the Violence Against Women Act, she’ll know that a massive wave of grassroots resistance is waiting if she fails to act. Please add your name and help make this petition a powerful message to Sen. Joni Ernst that we refuse to sit by as she chooses special interests over survivors.
Do you think gun safety is a winning issue in Texas?
That's why we're focusing on winning Texas in a BIG way this election year. People doubted we could win elections and pass stronger gun laws in states like Nevada and Virginia, but with your help Everytown proved the doubters wrong by electing gun sense champions and passing meaningful gun safety laws.
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund are spending $60 million to advance gun safety this election year across the country, up and down the ballot. And our effort to protect and expand our Gun Sense Majority in the U.S. House runs right through Texas. That's why we will run digital and TV advertising and invest in growing our grassroots power in critical Texas congressional districts.
If we're going to secure big victories in Texas, we need your support. Fuel the Everytown Victory Fund's fight to win big this election year in Texas and across the country.
Donate now to Everytown Victory Fund's work in Texas and all across the country.
We're working on flipping seven congressional districts to elect Gun Sense Candidates and protecting two of our Gun Sense Champions already in Congress — Reps. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Colin Allred.
We know voters overwhelmingly support stronger gun laws. We know we can reach voters directly online, on TV, in the mail, with a phone call or a knock on their door. And we know we can defeat the NRA and win in Texas.
Our campaign — Gun Sense Majority: Texas — is ready to win this year. Are you? Donate today to make sure gun safety wins at the ballot box in 2020 across the country.
Mike Bloomberg Explains His Plan To Save Lives With His Gun Safety Policy:
Build a more effective background check system
Mike’s plan will require point-of-sale background checks for all gun sales and finally close the private sale loophole, which enables prohibited people to buy guns simply by finding unlicensed sellers at gun shows or on the Internet. It will require every gun buyer to get a permit before making a purchase. It will use sales records to identify crime guns and notify local police when individuals have been prohibited from having a gun. Mike plan’s will allow for extreme risk screening before guns are purchased, so that issuers would be equipped to deny permits to troubled people who pose a danger to themselves or others. It will curb the dangers of downloadable guns and ghost guns by reversing Trump’s proposed firearm export regulations that loosen oversight of gun exports and make it easier to publish 3D-printing gun blueprints online. And Mike will work to pass legislation barring online publication of those files.
Keep guns out of the wrong hands
Mike’s plan will close the “boyfriend loophole” which allows domestic abusers to have guns, despite criminal convictions or restraining orders – simply because they are not married to their victims. It will pass a federal red flag law that expands extreme risk orders to 50 states – and funds state efforts to maximize the policy. It will require gun buyers to be at least 21 years old to buy handguns and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. And it will set a temporary ban on gun possession by assault and other violent misdemeanor offenders.
Tackle daily gun violence in the hardest-hit communities
Mike’s plan will fund at least $100 million annually for local violence intervention programs like Cure Violence, and it will increase ATF funding by up to $100 million annually so that the Bureau is able to police the gun industry more effectively. It will fund at least $100 million annually for public health research into gun violence. It will require all gun buyers to wait at least 48 hours before any firearm purchase, and require all gun owners must report to police if their firearms have been lost or stolen, within 3 days after they know or should know that their guns are missing. It will also make straw purchasing and trafficking stand-alone federal crimes, with serious penalties for offenders in order to help stop illicit sales.
Ban assault weapons, protect kids, and protect schools Mike will reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; current assault weapons owners will be allowed to keep their guns, but will have to report them to federal officials. He will require secure storage of firearms when they are not in use, which has been shown to reduce the risk of child gun injuries by up to 85 percent. He will also ban all guns in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities – except for law enforcement.
Hold the gun industry accountable Mike’s plan will repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) so that gunmakers and gun dealers will no longer have broad immunity from civil lawsuits. It will allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to treat guns like other household products so that the federal government will have the power to set safety requirements for gun technology. It will formally declare the gun violence crisis to be a public health emergency to expedite funds and research. Mike will appoint a White House gun coordinator to mobilize the public to fight gun violence and launch an interagency hub to fight gun violence. And he will focus executive energy on suicide reduction, school safety interventions, and corporate partnerships.
When Mike first started working on gun violence some 15 years ago, not many politicians in either party were interested in talking about the issue.
As mayor, Mike took on gun dealers and gun show vendors across the country that were feeding the criminal market. He co-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition that grew to 1,000 current and former mayors and refocused attention on an issue that many Democrats had abandoned.
During Mike’s time as mayor, firearm deaths decreased by 48 percent and the firearm death rate was less than a third the rate in the rest of the country. When he left City Hall, he didn’t walk away from this fight – he got even more involved. Having merged Mayors Against Illegal Guns with the grassroots group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, he helped launch Everytown for Gun Safety – which boasts six million supporters and is the country’s most powerful grass-roots force for gun safety.
In the 2018 midterm elections, Mike spent $110 million to elect candidates strong on gun safety, which was instrumental in Democrats retaking the House. As president, Mike will continue to take on the NRA and back common-sense policies that save lives.
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