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If you ever wondered how low President Trump and Majority Leader McConnell would stoop to hold on to power, look no further than their attempt to ram through a Supreme Court appointment. The NRA would love nothing more than to see their top allies appoint a justice with extreme views on guns.
That's why we're fighting to elect candidates that have received an "F" rating from the NRA. Only the fiercest Gun Sense Champions get an "F" rating from the NRA. It means they're ready to fight the extremist gun lobby every step of the way. And that's just what we need at this critical time.
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President Trump vowed he'd never let the NRA down. And if Trump gets to make yet another Supreme Court selection, he'll choose someone likely to uphold the NRA's extreme "guns everywhere" agenda.
An urgent conversation about police brutality and gun-violence prevention - Samantha Michaels, Criminal Justice Reporter at Mother Jones
I’m Samantha Michaels, a criminal justice reporter at Mother Jones, and I'm hosting a free online event on Thursday that I hope you'll be able to join. While some of our nation's leaders want us to believe there's chaos in the streets, it's critical that we understand what's actually happening, and I'll be talking with two incredible leaders: the McBride brothers. Starting in Oakland, they helped launch a nationally acclaimed strategy that cut shootings in half in the city, not by ramping up arrests, but by investing in social services and connecting young men in gangs with life coaches who grew up in similar neighborhoods. Police departments in cities around the country—from Portland to Chicago to New York—have sent officials to California to observe the model. Join us on Thursday, September 24, at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET for a conversation with brothers Pastor Michael McBride and Reverend Ben McBride, two national leaders in the movement to reduce gun violence with community-centered and data-driven public health approaches. I hope you'll join us, and if you can—or even if you can't—you can get to know a bit more about the McBrides in my recent feature story from our magazine, where, amid calls to defund police, I took a deep dive into how Oakland residents convinced the city to rethink its approach to gun violence. In California and other states, a big obstacle to reform has often been police unions, and you can learn more about why that is in my article "The Infuriating History of Why Police Unions Have So Much Power." (And if you want to feel inspired, check out a recent interview I did with Dayvin Hallmon, a man who started an all-Black and Latinx orchestra in Milwaukee out of his grief over the loss of Black lives.) I know that the national conversation about police brutality, public safety, and racial justice is an incredibly important issue to Mother Jones readers—we all want to understand what solutions are possible. And as shootings in many cities spike during the pandemic, I couldn’t think of a better time to talk with Pastor Mike and Rev. Ben about their revolutionary work. We’ll discuss how cities can re-envision their public safety systems, what a world without police might look like, and why it’s possible to drastically reduce violent crime without relying on armed officers in the streets. Register here to join the conversation. You won’t want to miss it. Thank you for reading, and for everything you do to make Mother Jones what it is. Samantha Michaels, Criminal Justice Reporter at Mother Jones
We need to elect Gun Sense Candidates up and down the ballot.
And on top of that, we need to save the Supreme Court by flipping the U.S. Senate and electing the strongest gun safety ticket ever to the White House. Our very democracy is on the line.
There is hope. As we showed when we elected a Gun Sense Majority to the U.S. House in 2018, when we flipped the Virginia State House in 2019, and when we've thwarted the NRA time and time again, we are in this fight to win. If the history of our movement proves anything, it's that hope and victory are possible even when despair feels inescapable and change seems impossible.
Hope starts with you: It's National Voter Registration Day. Make sure you're registered to vote.
With your help, we can make sure not only that our elected officials on every level prioritize gun safety, but also that our movement and our democracy lives to fight another day. We know that we can win. Make sure you're registered to vote today.
Over the past few months, we've moved much of our activism online and re-energized our fight to end gun violence in the midst of unprecedented times.
We now face two crises — both COVID-19 and gun violence are pervasive, deadly, and disproportionately affect Black and brown communities.
With an important election hanging in the balance, our volunteer-led Gun Sense Action Network (GSAN) makes it possible to fight for gun violence prevention while practicing social distancing and staying safe.
The Gun Sense Action Network is a volunteer community that takes action from home to elect leaders who will put the safety of our communities above special interests and the NRA. Whether you have one hour or three hours, you can make a big impact! In GSAN, we contact voters to educate them about updates to the voting process, talk to our volunteers to recruit for election events, and help mobilize our supporters to get out the vote for candidates who will prioritize gun safety.
Just by committing to take action for one hour a week from home, you can help make 2020 a winning year for gun safety. Join GSAN...
With such high stakes, we need your help to reach our supporters across the country. As always, we're so grateful to have you in this movement with us, and we hope you will join us in the fight to end gun violence.
As COVID-19 cases rise again in America and the country grapples with racial injustice, the NRA is unabashedly moving forward with reckless fear-mongering and leaning into racist, xenophobic arguments to advance its extreme "guns everywhere" agenda and drive up gun sales.
We can't let the NRA win in the 2020 elections. And that's why I am writing to tell you how Everytown's advocacy and political organizations are revamping our 2020 election strategies to adjust to the extraordinary circumstances we are all facing. Our work to elect gun sense champions up and down the ballot in November and defeat the NRA's #1 ally — Donald Trump — can only succeed if we can count on you to keep standing up to the NRA with an immediate donation.
Everytown is deploying our unprecedented online strength, protecting voting rights, and working to increase youth voter turnout to defeat NRA-backed candidates and elect gun sense candidates in November.
With nearly 6 million Everytown online supporters in our community and years of experience using digital organizing, the Everytown Victory Fund is better positioned than almost any organization in the country to mobilize online. Together, Everytown organizations and supporters have spent years perfecting sophisticated online communications and organizing tools. Now, with your help, we can ramp up our online activities in the most ambitious online organizing drive ever seen in a presidential election. Help us strengthen this giant online organizing effort to defeat Donald Trump and the NRA.
In an election environment heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have two critical challenges — communicating to voters in a unique climate and making sure people who support gun safety and gun sense candidates cast their vote. That's why Everytown is prepared to protect voters by ensuring people can vote by mail, vote early, and vote safely at polling places. And Everytown is working to make sure at least 100,000 new gun sense voters are registered to increase turnout for gun safety.
In combination with our massive get-out-the-vote operation, these voter protections will help assure that America's gun sense majority is heard loudly and clearly on Election Day. The Everytown Victory Fund will fuel gun sense voter turnout in November.
Data obtained by Everytown through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shows a giant leap in March 2020 for gun sales that were allowed through what is known as the Charleston loophole. The loophole is simple: if the FBI fails to complete a background check within three business days, the buyer can get their gun — no questions asked.
We estimate that in just one month more than 1,100 guns fell into the hands of prohibited purchasers, including certain domestic abusers and people convicted of violent crimes, as a result of the massive gun-buying wave at the beginning of the pandemic.
The Charleston loophole is named after the tragic 2015 racist shooting at Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church. The shooter, a white supremacist, obtained the handgun through this loophole and used it to kill nine Black worshippers.
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