Thank you for stepping up as one of more than 31,000 gun-owning MoveOn members who support commonsense gun control.
With President Obama considering executive action to close a major background check loophole, MoveOn is organizing a Gun Owners for Gun Control delegation to Washington, D.C., in mid-November to help generate much-needed public support.1 Apply now to be part of a fully funded Gun Owners for Gun Control delegation!
Here's some background: The president has the authority to ask for a revision of the current definition of what it means to be "engaged in the business" of "dealing in firearms."2 The ambiguity surrounding this definition allows high-volume gun sellers—many of whom operate at gun shows or sell their guns online—to operate without conducting basic background checks.3
But the National Rifle Association (NRA) is fighting back, viciously targeting gun safety advocates.4 Gun owners have the best chance of breaking what Senator Dick Durbin referred to as the NRA's "death grip" on lawmakers—to prevent it from sabotaging the president's game-changing efforts.5
That's why gun-owning MoveOn members will personally deliver critical messages to the president, Congress, and the media: Gun owners support President Obama's bold action and are ready to defend it.
Will you apply today to join a delegation of MoveOn gun owners bound for Washington, D.C., in mid-November?
Click here to get involved. Because timing is tight, you have only until midnight on October 28 to apply. The delegation will be in Washington for two days.
After the tragedy at Umpqua Community College—now the 153rd school shooting since Sandy Hook—President Obama singled out responsible gun owners in his address to the nation, asking them whether the NRA represents their interests.6, 7
More than 31,000 MoveOn members responded to a MoveOn survey asking a similar question and prompting the launch of Gun Owners for Gun Control, a MoveOn campaign to end senseless gun violence by mobilizing and amplifying the voices and actions of responsible gun owners.
Let's put the NRA on notice by making sure your critically important voice reaches key pundits and policy makers in our nation's capitol, paving the way for President Obama's executive action in the short term and more-extensive congressional legislation in the days ahead.
Thanks for all you do.
–Jo, Brian, Emily, Nick, and the rest of the team
P.S. If you're selected to go on the delegation, MoveOn will pay the full cost of your travel and lodging. Please click here now to apply!
1. "Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority," The Washington Post, October 8, 2015
2. "Executive Action to Strengthen Background Checks by Addressing High-Volume Gun Sellers," Center for American Progress, October 15, 2015
4. National Rifle Association Twitter, October 20, 2015
5. "Could Congress Actually Pass New Gun-Control Laws?" New York magazine, October 6, 2015
6. "153 School Shootings In America Since 2013," Everytown for Gun Safety, last accessed October 19, 2015
7. "Statement by the President on the Shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon," The White House, October 1, 2015
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