WEDNESDAY 10/4/2017

FEDERAL:

What Will it Take to Enact Gun Control?

It is fair to say that our nation is in the grip of an epidemic of gun violence made immeasurably worse by laws so lax they shock citizens of almost every other nation. As investigators search for motives and meaning behind the Las Vegas shooting, the legal possession of assault weapons is senseless. We may never be able to stop a deranged sniper from shooting at a crowd, but the casualties would have been far fewer if the bullets had been fired from a conventional weapon. Today, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake fled from reporters who wanted to ask about gun control, and Paul Ryan announced that the House would delay consideration of a bill permitting silencers. These cowards are too terrified of losing NRA funding to lift a finger to protect their fellow citizens. Today we ask you to call Congress and demand for more stringent background checks, the closing to gun show loopholes that make it laughably easy to purchase dangerous firearms, and a complete ban on assault-style weapons. We are also going to ask staffers point blank about NRA funding.

Background:
https://www.nytimes.com/…/opini…/automatic-weapons-laws.html

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from __________ to urge Rep./Sen. ___________ to immediately sponsor legislation to 1) make background checks for firearms’ sales more stringent, 2) close gun show loopholes, and 3) completely ban assault-style weapons. In the light of the Las Vegas shooting, the latest in a sickening string of escalating mass shootings, what continued justification can there be for opposing these measures? In addition, I demand to know if Rep./Sen. _________ receives funding from the NRA and if so, demand a justification for accepting these contributions. Thanks for taking my call.

Tax “Reform” and Budget Hawks:

The dream of a sweeping slate of legislative victories has dissolved into a nightmare of factionalism as Republicans cannot seem to agree on which master to follow: Paul Ryan and the so-called budget wonks, the extreme libertarians like Rand Paul, or the base crazies like Bannon. One consistent feature of conservatism used to be restraint about the federal budget, but that seems to have gone out the window in the fervor to pass something, anything, with the word “taxes” on it in order to deliver some of that winning Trump promised. However, at least two Senators have signalled that they are concerned with ballooning deficits once the billions in cuts have been doled out to the rich. Running a deficit is not always a bad thing, but we would rather see it spent on infrastructure investment, college tuition or tuition debt relief, or some other measures that would put money and jobs within reach of everyday Americans. We must continue to resist phony tax “reform” that is really nothing more than a giveaway for the rich.
https://www.cnbc.com/…/republicans-are-sabotaging-reelectio…

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Rep./Sen. __________ to oppose the Trump administration’s tax plan. Independent analysts conclude that this plan benefits the wealthy more than any other group. What’s worse, this plan would create massive and unsustainable budget deficits. Thanks for taking my call.

Tillis:
DC: (202) 224-6342
Charlotte: 704-509-9087
Greenville: (252) 329-0371
Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr
DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916
Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522
Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125
Asheville: (828) 350-2437

House:
https://www.house.gov/representatives/

 

STATE:

Join a Silent March to Protest to Demand Fair Maps in Raleigh:

On Wednesday, protesters will march to an 11 a.m. press conference in front of the state legislative building one hour before the General Assembly reconvenes. See the link below for details: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/174131553150932/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%224%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D