We can all agree that there is critical work to be done in this country when we talk about preventing mass shootings:
These are all important issues that need to be addressed and it's going to take time. There are, however, some things our legislators can do now to prevent assault weapons from getting into the wrong hands in the first place.
The AR-15 semi-automatic style rifles were used by the shooters in:
The AR-15 is modeled after the M-16 that our troops use in combat. The most notable difference between the two rifles is that the AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle (the trigger has to be squeezed each time), whereas the M-16 is a fully automatic rifle. The AR-15 has become a favorite for recreational and competitive target shooting. Estimates puts the number of AR-15's currently in the US market at 8-15 million. That is a daunting number when considering legislative options that might serve to make our schools safer for our kids, but we have to start somewhere.
The gun laws in this country and in our state have become too broad. The National Rifle Association (NRA), defines itself as advocates for gun rights, "defenders" of our 2nd Amendment rights. They go too far though, throwing common sense aside. The NRA spends millions of dollars each year on GOP political campaigns, wielding powerful influence over our party leaders, working hard to convince them that guns are never the issue in mass shootings. The NRA usually remains silent after a mass shooting and when pushed for a comment, they argue against any changes to existing gun laws that would keep the most dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands.
The Republican Party is in control and we helped to put them there. Let's send a message to those we voted into office that they are accountable to us, not the NRA lobbyists. We can make a real, immediate difference and help to "fix" the gun side of this issue right now by demanding concrete action in place of political rhetoric.
We need sensible reforms on the sale and distribution of semi-automatics. Let our GOP representatives hear from you so that they will make this a top priority:
Send an urgent request to our Senators, House Representatives and Governor. It takes less than a minute...Let them hear from you!