Dear MoveOn member,
In the wake of yet another mass shooting last week, President Obama expressed how our nation's response to these tragic acts has become almost routine.1
As Senator Dick Durbin has remarked, the main obstacle to passing sensible gun control policies today is the National Rifle Association's "death grip" on Congress and state legislatures.2
But the NRA doesn't speak for every gun owner in the United States. That's why President Obama signaled in his comments last week just how important it is to organize and elevate the voices of responsible gun owners to wrest control from the NRA.
We know that there are thousands of MoveOn members who own guns—the vast majority of whom do not believe that the NRA speaks for them. Are you one of those members?
In the wake of at least the 142nd school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012, Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Minority Leader, promised to push for new legislation. He told Congress, if "we don't take action, we are equally responsible for innocent deaths as the sick individuals who plot and carry out these horrific measures."3
And today, the Democratic caucus in the Senate, led by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Chuck Schumer, announced their intentions to bring sweeping new gun control legislation.4
With every major Democratic presidential candidate calling for reform, and President Obama tomorrow visiting the town of Roseburg, Oregon—where last week's shooting happened—this could be the breakthrough moment to launch a lasting and effective campaign to reduce gun-related violence in America. But we aren't going to do it unless we start to confront and out-organize the NRA now.
Thanks for all you do.–Justin K., Maria, Alejandro, Stephen, and the rest of the team
1. "Statement by the President on the Shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon," The White House, October 1, 2015
2. "Could Congress Actually Pass New Gun-Control Laws?" New York Magazine, October 6, 2015
4. "Senate Democrats Unveil Sweeping Gun Control Proposal," NBC News, October 8, 2015
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