How to Stop the Politicians Who Voted Against Gun Control
On a sliding scale of embarrassingly sad moments that happen in the United States, this hasn’t been the best year for the self-professed greatest country in the world. But other news pales in comparison to what happened last night, when four different gun control bills—two from Republicans and two from Democrats—were presented to the Senate. How many of these bills were passed in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in over a century? Zero.
There wasn’t a single bill presented that achieved the 60 votes needed to move forward. Last night, lawmakers decided that the money they receive from the National Rifle Association was more important than the thousands of lives that are lost every year because of our gun laws. Like the Sandy Hook massacre that killed innocent elementary school children, lawmakers ignored the bloodshed that turned the Pulse nightclub in Orlando into a living nightmare.
This vote did not come easy. It took a 15-hour filibuster by Senate Democrats led by Chris Murphy of Connecticut to even force the Republicans to vote for the bills, but all the hard work turned out to be for nothing, because, as votes were cast, nothing happened. It’s still easier to buy an assault rifle than it is to get your passport in this country. But all hope may not be lost.
Lawmakers who take money from the NRA may be avoiding blame, one donation at a time, but the internet and the members of Congress who have yet to sell their souls to gun lobbyists have shown that this an issue that won’t simply go away. At Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence protection organization in the country, the tragic news about gun control legislation provided fuel for a fiery campaign, encouraging the public to contact their representatives and “demand action on gun violence.”
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— Everytown (@Everytown) June 21, 2016
“Congress has an obligation to get its work done and help protect Americans from gun violence – rather than try to protect gun lobby politicians in an election year,” Everytown President John Feinblatt said in a statement. “This week, we saw gun sense champions change the political calculus and force a vote in the Senate.” Equally furious was Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is a part of Everytown. “I am furious that our Congress has once again failed to act to save American lives,” she added. “We are making gun safety a litmus test for political leaders, and we will only support candidates willing to stand up to the dangerous agenda of an extremist gun lobby: guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime–no questions asked.”
In the aftermath of the senseless vote, it’s time to say that enough is enough. To fight back against the gun lobbyists and ensure a safer future for this country, there are steps that we can take right now. Thanks to the help of Everytown, as well as CAP Action, it’s easier than ever to not only find out who voted no on the gun control bills, but also see exactly how much money they’ve received from the NRA. Think of it like a political drag through the dirt worthy of RuPaul, with the benefit of potentially saving lives.
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— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 21, 2016
It’s clear now that, despite 55 percent of Americans favoring stricter gun laws, the pull of the NRA’s money is more important than saving lives. That’s where you come in. Find out who voted no on these bills, take note of how much money the NRA gave them, and then shame them to hell by calling them, contacting them, and—most importantly—voting them out of office. If they’re going to flagrantly disregard our lives and fail to do the jobs that they were elected to do, they have no business in Washington.
Stay tuned to Milk for more gun control legislation.
Lead image via NPR, additional photo by Daniel Scott