Take Action Now: Senate Voting on Gun Violence Prevention Today
The Senate is voting on a gun violence prevention package today! Take action now! Tell Congress that you support the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 (S.649) currently under consideration by Congress and the bipartisan Toomey/Manchin amendment to expand background checks.
The recent tragedy in Newtown, CT is a tragic reminder that over 30,000 Americans die each year as a result of gun violence. The number and severity of violent shootings in recent years can only be described as an epidemic. We are inspired by a Jewish tradition that emphasizes the sanctity of human life, and commands us to turn weapons of destruction into tools for the greater good of society.
As the Senate votes, let your Senators know that you support:
- Universal background checks for all gun purchases
2. A ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
3. The criminalization of gun trafficking
4. Enhanced school and campus safety without putting guns in school
5. Improved access to mental health services
Last week, Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Toomey (R-PA) introduced a bipartisan plan to greatly expand background checks. Although the amendment does not cover all gun sales, it is an important proposal that promises to close dangerous loopholes that exempt gun shows and online sales from background checks. Let your Senators know that you support this common sense and bipartisan measure.
Take Action: Call your senators right now! Use the Capitol Switchboard at 202.244.3121.
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