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Daily Action: A(nother) Day To Act Against Gun Violence


CANDLELIGHT VIGIL THURSDAY, FEB. 15, AT 5:30 p.m.: northeast corner of Westlake Blvd. and Thousand Oaks Blvd., across from the Westlake Village Promenade. Bring a sign and a candle! 
 

CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the senator/congressperson to work with her/his colleagues to break through the NRA's stranglehold on Congress' morality and good sense, and finally do something about America's gun violence epidemic. Is the senator/congressperson aware that the most popular gun violence prevention measures among the public are also some of the most effective at deterring mass shootings like yesterday's in Florida? Universal background checks poll at 86 percent approval; universal licensing polls at 78 percent; banning sales to those with previous violent-crime convictions polls at 83 percent. Even measures such as a national gun registry and bans on assault-style weapons such as the AR-15 are approved by more than two-thirds of Americans. Please don't make me call again on this issue. It's time to do something about gun violence -- now, today! Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Yesterday's shooting in Parkland, FL, is one of the 10 deadliest in U.S. history -- but it's the 18th school shooting already this year. 

Americans are split on general questions of gun control v. gun rights -- but numerous individual measures enjoy broad support (except from the NRA, which has far too many legislators in its pocket). Last year, parallel surveys were completed to determine which gun violence prevention measures are both popular (and therefore politically feasible) and potentially most effective in actually curbing America's epidemic of gun deaths. Among those policies that are both broadly favored and considered most useful are the following:

  • Universal background checks
  • Universal gun licensing
  • Banning gun purchases by convicted stalkers
  • Banning gun sales to people convicted of violent misdemeanors, including sexual assault
  • A ban on assault-style weapons such as the AR-15
  • A ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines
  • Limits on ammunition purchases