Your Role in Our Democracy
The slaughter of first-graders and teachers should unite us in favor of new gun safety laws.
Make our elected federal officials, Rep. Ellmers, Sen. Burr and Sen. Hagan, know how you feel and that your support for them will depend on their votes. President Obama has called for changes to our gun laws: mandating universal background checks on all gun purchases, banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and making body armor-piercing bullets illegal.
The NRA will fight these. But why? There are no laws preventing felons, or court-adjudicated mentally unbalanced people, from buying any firearm at gun shows, over the Internet, or from a neighbor.
Why oppose banning military-style assault weapons or clips that hold 30 rounds? They are only used to kill a lot of people rapidly.
Why oppose the elimination of body armor-piercing bullets? Police officers don’t have a chance against this ammunition.
This is not a proposal to take everyone’s guns. No legislation could be passed to do that. The 1994 assault weapons ban covered 19 specific weapons and passed a Democratic- controlled Congress by only four votes. It would be impossible to pass legislation today banning anything more than assault weapons.
These reform measures do not violate one’s Second Amendment rights. The Supreme Court ruled in 2008, District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment does not apply to assault weapons.
If you believe we need fewer guns and not more, please contact Ellmers (202) 225-4531, Burr (202) 224-3154, and Hagan (202) 224-6342. There is no law that will totally prevent gun violence. But if these changes can save just one life, they should be made.
Don’t let the NRA tell Congress what the laws should be. That is your role in our democracy.
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