Every month it seems we see another preventable gun massacre. 97% of Americans support strong background checks to purchase a gun. Most of us favor banning private ownership of assault weapons and bump stocks, limiting the number of rounds in a clip, closing loopholes for gun shows, and other common sense gun laws.
The Republican Congress and the Trump Administration are actually moving in the opposite direction. They’re for banning data collection by government agencies to cover up the incredible carnage we’re suffering. They’ve weakened background checks, they’ve even pushed to legalize “silencers” to enable undetected murder. How many more massacres must we endure before our elected officials act to protect us?
Tell Congress to get serious about protecting us from guns by enacting strong gun safety laws, by restoring the ability of government agencies to study gun violence, and by closing gun show loopholes.
The list of massacres keeps growing.
A 19-year-old armed with an AR-15 assault-style semi-automatic weapon entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 students and adults and injured at least 14 others. This was just the latest in an epidemic of gun violence at schools and other public places.
In 2017, 2,239 people were shot in mass shootings, leaving 437 people dead.
The fatal shooting in October 2017 at a Las Vegas music festival, which killed 58 concertgoers and injured hundreds more, is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Only 16 months earlier, a gunman armed with a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle murdered 49 people and injured 58 at an Orlando nightclub in what was then the country's worst mass shooting.
The horrific attack came less than six months after a man and a woman opened fire at a San Bernardino, California, social services center, killing 14 and injuring 22. And with each new mass shooting—from Columbine to Sandy Hook; Fort Hood to Virginia Tech—the national debate over gun ownership renews.