Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday 10/3 Call to Action

Let’s talk about guns in America
America is by far the most violent developed nation on the planet, thanks to the ubiquity of guns. The U. S. has significantly more guns per capita as well as gun related homicides than any other developed country. Since the sickening events of Sandy Hook where 20 little children were killed in their classrooms, there have been 1,518 mass shooting in America. This averages out to about one mass shooting per day. Still, most guns deaths are suicides. The correlation is clear: more guns and looser gun restrictions = more deaths.
Want more gun statistics? This article is quite useful: https://www.vox.com/…/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts
It seems like the NRA has a strangle hold on our elected officials, particularly if they have an “R” after their name. Why is that? The NRA has given money to our members of Congress (including Paulsen, Lewis, Emmer, Walz, and Peterson) but the amount is not as much as other lobby groups. One article I read suggested that MoC’s are beholden because Second Amendment/gun right supporters are a loud, constant voice in their ears. They are the squeaky wheel. Now it’s time for us to become that squeaky wheel. Make today’s call to action a weekly chore until this madness stops.
1. What to do today: Call your MoC’s and ask them to give specific details about what they will do to prevent another tragedy like the one in Las Vegas.
2. Tell them to vote NO on the following:
A. SHARE Act- Among other things, this bill would loosen restrictions on purchasing gun silencers and armor piercing bullets. The House is scheduled to vote on this week. (This bill was originally scheduled for a vote on the day Rep. Scalise was shot at baseball practice- perhaps the universe trying to say something.)
B. Conceal Carry Reciprocity Act (HR 38)- this would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons across state lines https://www.countable.us/…/hr38-115-concealed-carry-recipro…
3. Tell them to support the following:
A. Gun manufacturers should be responsible for damages incurred by gun violence: https://www.dallasnews.com/…/eric-garland-like-big-tobacco-…
B. It is time for the CDC to study gun violence again. It has been defunded and put on hold since 1996! Tell your MoC it’s time to repeal the Dickey Amendment. http://www.latimes.com/…/la-fi-hiltzik-gun-research-funding…
4. Time for you to take action
Donate to and join these organizations
A. Moms Demand Action https://donate.everytown.org/donate/Moms-Donate-p/…
Moms Demand Action has active groups in Minnesota. Join them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MomsDemandActionMN/ or
Text ACT to 64433 to join your local Moms Demand group.
B. Everytown https://everytown.org/
Everytown has a Facebook page too https://www.facebook.com/Everytown/
5. Just so you know, gun stocks went up after the shooting in Las Vegas. Odds are, if you have an investment portfolio, you may have investments in gun stocks too. Change that today. https://goodbyegunstocks.com/
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
Congressional District 2 residents: Check out this website for information about groups and events in your area. mn02progressiveactionnetwork.com
Out and About
October 14th 10:30 - 12
Forum with Erin Murphy, candidate for governor
Burnhaven Library
1101 County Road 42 W, Burnsville, Minnesota 55306
Saturday, October 14th 11 am – 1 pm
The People's Rally for Justice
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing Don't Come Around Here No More. (C) 1985 Geffen Records

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