Tell Congress: Pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence

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In the wake of another horrific mass shooting, we need to urge Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence. It is critical that we keep up the pressure on both the Senate and the House to act to address this public health epidemic without further delay.

Gun violence is one of the leading causes of preventable death in our country, resulting in more than 33,000 deaths each year, and we must take a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this ongoing crisis. For too long we as a nation have failed to take on this devastating problem in our communities and we cannot afford to wait any longer.

Tell your senators and representative to back common-sense measures to reduce gun violence in the United States including, but not limited to:

- Requiring and strengthening criminal background checks for all firearm purchases, including all firearms sold at gun shows and on the Internet. Please support HR 8, which has passed the House and is now stalled in the U.S. Senate.

- Reinstating the federal ban on automatic and semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines

- Preventing known or suspected terrorists from purchasing a gun


- Requiring all those convicted of domestic abuse to turn in their firearms

- Providing adequate and unrestricted funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies to research the causes of gun violence and develop prevention strategies. This includes increasing the funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System.

- Support legislation that would prohibit 3-D "Ghost Guns," or the publication of a digital file online that allows a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm. Democrats have filed a separate bill to require that all guns have at least one significant component made of metal.