THURSDAY 02/22/18

FEDERAL:

DEMAND A FEDERAL BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS

In 2004, the NRA successfully pressured the Republican-controlled government into not renewing the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. The ban had worked to protect lives: after it expired the number of gun massacre deaths (which had decreased over 40% during the ban) jumped nearly 2.5 fold.

Gun violence experts are now renewing their calls for a nationwide ban on these types of weapons - and Americans agree - recent polls show at least 2/3 of Americans support a nationwide assault weapons ban. In November of last year, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced an assault weapons ban (S.2095). This bill would ban future sales of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, including the AR-15 used in many recent gun massacres (Parkland, Las Vegas, Newtown). Legislators must act now before any more lives are needlessly lost.

Script:

Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent from zip code _______.

I’m calling today to ask Senator/Representative ________ if he/she supports a ban on assault weapons. When the Federal Assault Weapons Ban was allowed to expire in 2004, the number of gun massacre deaths jumped nearly 2.5 fold. How many more lives must be lost before Sen/Rep _______ acts? I want the Senator/Rep to publicly state where he/she stands on this important issue. I expect my representative to put lives before the NRA. We cannot afford to wait any longer to protect innocent lives from gun massacres. Enough is Enough.

Thank you for all your hard work answering phones.

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LET THE CDC STUDY GUN VIOLENCE: REMOVE THE DICKEY AMENDMENT

For nearly 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been subject to a ban on funding to study gun violence. In 1996, the National Rifle Association (NRA) convinced Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR) to insert language into an omnibus spending bill to prohibit the CDC from using any of their injury prevention funding for research that "advocate[s] or promote[s] gun control".

The so-called Dickey Amendment has appeared in every subsequent appropriations bill for almost 20 years and suppressed crucial efforts to study gun violence and how to reduce it. The NRA staunchly insists that any gun control research is part of an "anti-gun agenda," but even Rep. Dickey has disputed the NRA's highly politicized characterization of the CDC's scientific research.

As the nation reels from yet another horrific school shooting, this time in Florida, it is long past time for Congress to end the NRA's tyrannical suppression of essential public health research. Urge your representatives to end the Dickey Amendment today.

Script:

Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent from zip code _______.

I’m calling today to express great concern that the profit-motivated NRA is still preventing the CDC from conducting gun violence prevention research. As an independent scientific agency, the CDC must be permitted to study how gun violence affects Americans and how to decrease this violence. Senator/Representative ______ must demand the removal of the Dickey Amendment from the next omnibus spending bill.

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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

 

HOUSE:

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

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STATE:

Oppose Arming Teachers:

The NCGA has created a panel to explore the issue of how to make our schools safer and less prone to gun violence. One idea that is being tossed around is the suggestion to arm teachers. This idea pretty obviously makes no sense. Beyond the financial costs, there is no feasible way that a teacher can walk around armed all day. But let’s make sure the NCGA knows that we are watching what they are doing on this issue.

Background:
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article201179899.html

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to urge Sen./Rep. _____________ to oppose any legislation that would call for teachers to be armed. Arming teachers will do absolutely nothing to make our students safer. We should instead be looking at measures like strengthening background checks and permitting requirements, closing the gun show loophole, banning assault weapons like the AR-15, and reducing the size of high-capacity magazines. Thank you for taking my call.

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

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