Tuesday, February 27, 2018

ACTION: PEOPLE TO CONGRESS: PUT DOWN THOSE GUNS

From Indivisible Oregon...
**CALL TO ACTION**
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PEOPLE TO CONGRESS: PUT DOWN THOSE GUNS
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#EndGunViolence
#NeverAgain

Today we are calling on our MoCs to pass strong laws regulating guns. Other countries show that strong gun regulation works. Japan, a country with roughly 40% of our population, lost only six people to guns in 2014. Australia’s gun deaths have been below 300 annually for 15 years.

While we are glad that our Senators are planning to block the current NRA-backed bill for Concealed Carry Reciprocity (S. 446), this is just one step. They and the House delegation must do much, much, much more. We need laws that:
1. Require universal background checks on all gun sales.
2. Ban weapons or war, especially semi-automatic weapons, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks.
3. Require thorough training and permitting for all gun purchases.  
4. Create a system to track and limit the purchase of ammunition.
5. Lift the ban on funding gun violence research.
6. Require that all guns use smart-gun technology to reduce accidents.
7. Implement a national gun buy-back program.

Over the next year, 33,599 more Americans will likely be killed by guns. Many more will be traumatized by those deaths. Let’s join together and tell Congress: Put down the guns.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [ZIP code]. I am calling to ask [Name] to push for strong, comprehensive gun legislation. This means: banning weapons of war and high capacity magazines; requiring thorough training and permitting for all gun purchases; limiting purchases of ammunition; requiring smart technology to reduce accidents; implementing a national buy-back program; and ending the ban on gun violence research. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK A QUESTION.
 
SAMPLE SCRIPT for both Senators and all Representatives :
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city].  I believe that enough is enough. Congress much act to make all of us safe from rampant gun violence. We don’t have to live this way. What will you do to make sure that we have laws that:
1. Require universal background checks on all gun sales.
2. Ban weapons or war, especially assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks.
3. Require thorough training and permitting for all gun purchases.  
4. Create a system to track and limit the purchase of ammunition.
5. Lift the ban on funding gun violence research.
6. Require that all guns use smart-gun technology to reduce accidents.
7. Implement a national gun buy-back program.
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**ACTION 3: CALL, TEXT, AND EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RED DISTRICTS TO DO THE SAME. “SHARE” OR COPY / PASTE THIS ACTION!
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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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