Tiny action: Gun Control, Oct 5, 2017

As we continue to closely watch the headlines of the aftermath in Las Vegas, it may come as no surprise that this week’s (not so tiny) Tiny Action focuses on gun control.

This is a complex issue with multiple ways to change policy. We’ve listed a few key actions below.

Call your Senators and tell them to:

  • Support Sen Feinstein’s Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act to ban bump stocks (details), which have already seen sales increase since the Las Vegas massacre.
  • Take this one step further and reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban without a sunset date. Feinstein also led the charge to reinstate the ban, unsuccessfully, in 2013. The ban originally expired in 2004 (more here).
  • Vote NO on S 446, what they call "concealed carry reciprocity" (details).
  • Ensure that the CDC budget allocates funds specifically for research on gun-related deaths and gun violence prevention (here’s why that matters).
  • Consider pointing out the differences you’ve experienced and seen as an American overseas.

Call your Member of Congress and tell them to:

  • Vote NO on the SHARE act, which would make it silencers more accessible and lead to more deaths in mass shootings, legalize armor piercing bullets and force states to recognize concealed carry permits from other states (more from the Democrats Abroad team in Germany, here). This vote was already postponed because of the shooting of Rep Scalise at practice for the Congressional Baseball Game but we expect it is resurfacing soon.
  • Close the loophole that allows private gun sales (including at gun shows) without background checks.
  • Institute universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers, a measure 80% of gun owners support.
  • Remove the Dickey rider from the federal budget and finally allow the CDC to research gun violence prevention.
  • Consider pointing out the differences you’ve experienced and seen as an American overseas.

Tell your Governor to:

  • Ban 30 round mags and enact magazine restrictions, because states with magazine restrictions are associated with fewer mass shooting events (explanation of correlation here).
  • Consider pointing out the differences you’ve experienced and seen as an American overseas.

Fighting the naysayers? Here are 17 charts and graphs that may help.