Thursday, October 19, 2017

ACTiON: CALL TO ENFORCE OUR GUN SAFEtY LAWS

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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ENFORCE OUR GUN SAFETY LAWS
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#LasVegas
#EndGunViolence

The Las Vegas mass shooting that killed 59 and injured over 500 was especially deadly because the shooter used bump stocks, which turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons.  Since automatic weapons are illegal, bump stocks must be made illegal as well.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed support for banning bump stocks. Represenatative Walden questioned the need for anybody to modify their rifles into something resembling a fully automatic weapon. Even Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) has assigned staff to research bump stocks and stated he would consider hearings on the issue.

Democrats have introduced companion bills H.R. 3947 and S.1916 to ban bump stocks; all of our Democratic MoC support them. A similar bill, H.R 3999, has bipartisan support. Yet this legislation is stalled. Meanwhile, neither Walden nor Schrader has committed to opposing dangerous bills that would gut our gun laws: Concealed Carry Reciprocity (HR 38) and the SHARE Act which would deregulate silencers (HR 3668).

Congress must act quickly to close the bump stock loophole. As Senator Feinstein, lead sponsor of the Senate bill, commented, "The only reason to modify a gun is to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible."
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**ACTION: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENATIVE**

SAMPLE SCRIPT for both Senators
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  Thank you supporting S.1916 to ban bump stocks. Please call for committee hearings and a vote on this important legislation. We must close the bump stock loophole.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Blumenauer, Bonamici, and DeFazio
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  Thank you supporting HR 3947 to ban bump stocks. Please support HR 3999 as well and call for committee hearings and votes on both of these important pieces legislation.  We must close the bump stock loophole.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Schrader
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  After the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, it’s time for Rep Schrader to oppose efforts to gut our nation’s gun laws.  I’m asking him to vote NO on Concealed Carry Reciprocity (HR 38), which would force Oregon to recognize lax gun-carrying standards from other states; and vote NO on the SHARE Act (HR 3668) which would deregulate gun silencers. We will remember his decision and his vote.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT – for Walden.
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  Representative Walden questioned the need for anybody to be able to modify their rifles into something resembling a fully automatic weapon. But he has not cosponsored any legislation addressing bump stocks.  Please cosponsor HR. 3947 or 3999 to ban bump stocks. We must close the bump stock loophole.”

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

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