"What I didn't know at the time was that this text would go unanswered."
"My family deserves a vote. We all deserve a vote."
Watch Sami's powerful story, and call Congress TODAY: Tell them to support common sense gun laws that will save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
Tell your lawmakers that you are calling because we need a plan to end gun violence NOW. We can prevent future tragedies by passing common sense legislation that will:
- Require criminal background checks for ALL gun sales, including private sales
- Ban assault weapons, including high-capacity magazines
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime
And here's a relevant L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Your headline claims there are many questions concerning the latest community gun massacre. Indeed, some folks interviewed expressed surprise and shock. Why? This was just a another day in the armed encampment we call the United States.
Thanks to the National Rifle Assn., every area has folks armed and ready to shoot. Guns are a common way to resolve conflicts. Have a problem with your spouse, co-workers or employer? Reach for a gun.
The NRA has succeeded in elevating the right to bear arms above the right to life. Is this the type of nation our Founding Fathers intended to create?
And finally, I just received this email from Mayors Against Illegal Guns:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2013
NEW COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF MASS SHOOTINGS REVEALS PREVALENCE OF MASS SHOOTINGS, ROLE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND STRONG CONNECTION BETWEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND GUNS
57% of Shootings Involve Domestic Violence; Fewer than 1% of Gun Murder Victims Killed in Mass Shootings; Assault Weapons Put the “Mass” in “Mass Shooting”
Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released the findings and full data set behind a mass shooting analysis updated to reflect the latest FBI data. The updated release includes a 25% increase in incidents — to a total of 56 over the last four years, more than one per month —strengthening conclusions about where mass shootings occur, what weapons are used, and what other factors are at play.
Among the key findings:
In at least 57% of the incidents, the shooter killed a current or former intimate partner or family member.
Less than 1% of gun murder victims were killed as part of incidents with four or more victims.
Assault weapons or high capacity magazines were used in 23% of the incidents, and when they were used, more than twice the number of people were shot and 57% more were killed.
No more than one quarter (23%) of the shootings occurred in public spaces that were so-called ‘gun-free zones.’
“Mass shootings capture the public’s attention – and we should pass the common-sense reforms that will help to prevent these tragedies from occurring – but we should also remember that 33 Americans are killed every day, and very often by an intimate partner,” said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “These findings challenge some of the conventional wisdom about mass shooting and highlight the areas in which further attention and research are needed.”
The full analysis and data set is available here.
The facts and stats are on the side of supporters of common sense safety measures, but gun manufacturers and the NRA prefer profits and power to saving lives.