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Daily Action: 'School Safety' Measures Are Not #Enough!


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 congressperson/senator to take real action to curb the epidemic of gun violence in our society -- in schools, and also in churches, movie theaters, workplaces, concerts and homes. Republican legislation that throws small amounts of money at "school safety" measures isn't nearly enough, and it's not distracting anyone from the real problem. The American people demand a ban on AR-15s and other military-style weapons, as well as bump stocks and purchases of weapons by people younger than 21. And we demand universal background checks and a fix to the NICS system. Nothing less will do! Thank you!


BACKGROUND
As the weeks pass since the shooting in Parkland, Florida -- and as public opinion has shifted sharply in favor of major new restrictions on gun ownership -- the Republicans who control the House and Senate have settled into a strategy of doing ... nothing. Instead of taking up gun legislation, the House next week plans to consider the "STOP School Violence Act," which would authorize a pittance of $50 million annually to help schools improve safety through training and reporting systems. After showing up, briefly and contentiously, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, Trump's Education secretary Betsy DeVos said such "school safety" measures are the only ones that can muster "broad support" in Congress.

As Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, put it on Wednesday, "The Republicans would like to have the public think they're doing something, and have the NRA think they're doing nothing." Even the one gun-control measure that Senate Republicans might advance, a "FixNICS" act that would improve reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, is being held up because a single senator -- Utah's Mike Lee -- refuses to consent to its consideration.