- Action Alert
- Gun Violence
More than Prayers: Tell Congress to Act
The time is now for thoughts, prayers, and action on gun violence. This is the moment for bold gun legislation: comprehensive reforms that address the whole problem of gun violence, from mass shootings to everyday gun deaths.
As people in Washington, DC and across the country take to the streets in the March for Our Lives, we need to also be pushing Congress to address the magnitude of the problem our country has with gun violence. In order to prevent another mass shooting like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – in order to prevent the nearly 100 deaths that guns cause every day in this country – Congress needs to take bold, decisive action.
I am in awe of the students from Parkland, Florida and young people around the United States who aren’t letting our leaders off the hook. Usually, two weeks after a gun tragedy, any talk of gun reform would have faded away. But this time, students are refusing to let the conversation shift.
Thanks to them, momentum is building for action. Even in Congress, where so much reform has stagnated in the past, legislators from both parties are signaling their support for gun legislation that would have seemed impossible just a month ago. But there’s a real danger that Congress could stick to half-measures. Small reforms of gun background checks or a ban on bump stocks are good policies, but they aren’t enough.
We need to transform the culture of violence that allows so many to die each day in our country from gun violence. That means making guns harder to access and own. Congress can start by passing universal background checks on all gun sales, banning high capacity magazines and ammunition, and reinstating the assault weapons ban.