Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ACTION: PASS COMPREHENSIVE GUN LEGISLATION NOW

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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PASS COMPREHENSIVE GUN LEGISLATION NOW
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#ThrowThemOut
#WeCallBS
#NotOneMore
Gun violence is a public health crisis inflicted on America and her children by our lawmakers’ continual and consistent failures to act. 
Gun violence loudly invades our lives with mass shootings, school shootings, and active shooter drills in schools.
Gun violence quietly and completely devastates day to day life when 96 people are murdered every day.
America is held hostage to this terror because lawmakers beholden to the National Rifle Association (NRA) parrot NRA talking points over protecting America and her children. 
We don’t have to live under constant threat. Australia responded to a mass shooting in 1996 with comprehensive gun legislation. There have been no mass shootings since. 
We need courageous leaders who will put our children’s lives ahead of donor cash. We need lawmakers who understand that passing comprehensive gun safety legislation is the only to save our country and stop the NRA.
The children of America have had this crisis thrust upon them. They are rising up to shape a brighter future – where comprehensive gun reform exists. Will Congress do the same? If this Congress won’t, we must vote in a Congress that will.
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT: for Merkley and Wyden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am appalled at the inaction of congressional leaders to tackle gun violence. The time for incremental change is over. I demand the Senator stand up to the NRA and pass comprehensive gun safety legislation now. Start with blocking concealed carry reciprocity in the Senate, passing an assault weapons ban, requiring universal background checks on all gun sales, and funding gun violence research… and don’t stop until we have laws on the books that will keep our country and children safe. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT: for Blumenauer, Bonamici, DeFazzio
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am appalled at the inaction of congressional leaders to tackle gun violence. The time for incremental change is over. I demand the Representative stand up to the NRA and pass comprehensive gun safety legislation now. Start with passing an assault weapons ban, requiring universal background checks on all gun sales, and funding gun violence research… and don’t stop until we have laws on the books that will keep our country and children safe. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT: for Walden and Schrader
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am disgusted that the Representative has received donations from the NRA and appalled his inaction in tackling gun violence. I demand that he stand up to the NRA and pass comprehensive gun safety legislation now. Start with passing an assault weapons ban, requiring universal background checks on all gun sales, and funding gun violence research… and don’t stop until we have laws on the books that will keep our country and children safe. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: MAKE A PLAN TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE**
Everytown for Gun Safety has an action plan to “kick out lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby”: https://everytown.org/throwthemout/
Find more ways to get involved with Everytown by texting ACT to 644-33.
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**ACTION 3: WATCH AND FOLLOW EMMA’S LEAD***
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, spoke at a rally this weekend. Hear her words. Follow her lead. We must demand freedom from gun violence. Or call BS.
https://www.cnn.com/…/florida-student-emma-gonza…/index.html
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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

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