On February 14, 2018, a high school in Broward County, Florida, experienced a mass shooting when a former student used a legally-purchased assault weapon to kill at least 17 students. This marked the thirteenth mass shooting and eighteenth school shooting to that point in 2018.
Donald Trump and Members of Congress continue to extend “thoughts and prayers,” but it’s not enough. It is time for Congress to do something to stop this type of gun violence.
But instead, Congress is considering making mass shootings easier, not preventing them.
The gun lobby’s top priorities enjoy wide support in Congress. On December 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation was a top priority of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and, if enacted into law, would cause a race to the bottom on gun safety standards. The Senate is expected to take up this same bill this year. We can’t let that happen.
Under this legislation, states would be required to recognize other states’ standards governing the possession of concealed firearms in public. This means that even though one state may have stringent regulations such as a permit or training requirement, that state would have to allow people from other states with lower standards - with perhaps no permit or training required at all - to carry concealed firearms without following the more stringent regulations.
This legislation would deprive states and localities from fully determining the appropriate gun safety protocols for their communities, and would allow the lowest common denominator to prevail. This will make concealed and loaded firearms more readily available at lower safety standards, raising the risk of gun violence for everyone.
For those reasons, every major law enforcement association opposes this bill because of its potentially disastrous implications for public safety. After all, this legislation would make it easier for more dangerous people, like stalkers, domestic abusers, and people who have committed violent crimes to carry loaded, concealed guns in more public places. This makes the risk of violence more imminent for all of us.
Script for Senate:
Hello, I’m a constituent from zip code _______ calling regarding the mass shooting in Florida. I strongly urge Senator ________ to not just condemn this act of terror, but to support responsible policies that help prevent these acts of gun violence. I’m disturbed that H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House, and it’s essential that the Senate stop it from becoming law. Will Senator _______ commit to voting against this bill when it comes to the Senate? Particularly in light of the devastating mass shootings we’ve seen recently, it’s as important as ever not to weaken gun safety standards, and prevent firearms from falling into dangerous hands. This is why every major law enforcement agency has opposed this bill. Please let Senator ____ know that I will be monitoring his statements and following up if I don't see a commitment to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Thank you for taking my call.
Script for House (all of our reps voted FOR this bill):
Hi, my name is _____ from zip code _______. I want Representative _______ to know how disappointed and angry I am that he/she voted in favor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This is the NRA’s top legislative priority and will create a race to the bottom in gun safety standards. We’ve seen over and over how the over-availability and lax regulations surrounding guns has caused mass shootings, terror and loss of life. This bill forces all states to recognize the lowest common denominator in gun safety regulations, even allowing people without a permit or training to carry a concealed firearm in public. This places us all at risk, which is why every major law enforcement agency has opposed this bill. I would like Representative ______ to explain to me why he/she sided with the NRA to weaken gun safety and how this bill makes any sense. Please take down my contact info so you can get back to me with an answer. This is alarming and I need an answer. Thank you for taking my call.
Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125
Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211
Washington, DC (202) 225-2071
Rep. Ted Budd
Advance, NC (336) 998-1313
Washington, DC (202-225-4531
Rep. Mark Walker
Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005
Washington, DC (202) 225-3065
Vote NO on Senate Bill 145 (Anti-immigration Legislation)
[Courtesy of the Carolina Peace Center] North Carolina Senate Bill 145 could come up for a vote in the House during this year's short session which most likely will be in May but we need to start advocating now to stop it from passing. Senate Bill 145 was approved by the Senate Judiciary committee last April and was sent to the Senate Rules and Operations Committee for consideration.
Among its provisions, Senate Bill 145 would:
* Compel the University of North Carolina system to disclose the immigration status of students to law enforcement upon request, potentially forcing schools to violate privacy protections in the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
* Remove the ability of local law enforcement to use local or community IDs to determine a person’s residency or identity
* Require the N.C. Department of Public Safety to enforce federal immigration laws through the 287(g) program, effectively turning Highway Patrol officers into immigration officials - the only such active statewide program in the U.S.
* Withhold a range of tax revenues from local governments that choose to limit their role in the enforcement of federal immigration law.
* Allow anonymous tipsters to claim that a local government is violating immigration laws, compelling the Attorney General’s office to dedicate resources to an investigation.
* Empower the Attorney General’s office to determine if a local government is in violation of immigration laws and cut off funding for transportation and other critical projects if a jurisdiction is found in violation.
Hello, I’m a constituent from ___________. I am calling to ask Sen./Rep. _______________ not to support Senate Bill 145. Senate Bill 145 is a sweeping anti-immigrant bill that would direct state police to enforce federal immigration law, seek to punish local governments who enact their own policies related to immigration, and defund any UNC institution that limits its role in the enforcement of federal immigration law. This bill will create more problems for North Carolina residents and jeopardize the rights of immigrants and non-immigrants. Thank you for your time.
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