Gun control advocate Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg, who died in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, says the Republican Party has “checked out of governing.”
We need to weave a cultural narrative that addresses the fact of the world we are making and helps us tell a story that ends differently from the murderous ways our national narratives have been concluding recently.
Giffords, the gun violence prevention advocacy group created by gun violence survivor and former Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), has launched a new ad campaign to pressure Republicans in the Senate to support a measure that would expand background checks on all firearms purchases.
“That’s why we’ve marched, organized, and won. Almost nothing has support from both parties but universal background checks does,” the ad says. “So will the Senate have the courage to act or does the corporate gun lobby still scare them?”
Last week, the House of Representatives passed two measures to expand background checks on all firearms purchases and transfers. The measure needs 60 votes in the Senate. If approved, it would also expand the review time for gun purchases to 10 days.
Earlier this month, a bill to expand federal background checks on all gun sales was reintroduced in the Senate by Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
For the bill to pass the Senate, all 50 Democrats need to be on board. They would also need to secure 10 votes across the aisle to overcome the legislative filibuster.
The news of the new ad campaign comes after a gunman shot and killed eight people at three Atlanta-area spas last night. Authorities arrested a 21-year-old male suspect after a brief manhunt.
“As facts continue coming in, it is clear that guns are too often weaponized as a tool of hate,” Giffords said in a statement on Twitter. “This must end.”
We are heartbroken over the shootings in Georgia that killed eight and left one wounded.
As facts continue coming in, it is clear that guns are too often weaponized as a tool of hate. This must end. https://t.co/QUvNZpyujw
Speaker Pelosi called out Majority Leader McConnell for refusing to lift a finger to pass legislation to protect kids from gun violence.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is trying to con the American people into believing that Trump may do something about guns.
At a time when Congress is trying to work out a deal for Dreamers and address other issues regarding our nation’s immigration system, this was especially offensive and ludicrous.
The NRA-owned president and Congress may not want to talk about guns in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, but those in Parkland, Florida are demanding immediate action from lawmakers.
"If I thought he was going to offer something that was real, actual consolation, I'd be willing to hear more. I'm not sure what's that we would get."
"This one is the 18th school shooting just this year ... Congress has been complicit. Congress bears responsibility."
After a national tragedy, the president should speak to the American people and try to bring the country together. That's what leaders do during such moments. Not Trump.
"Since Columbine in 1999, there have been 25 fatal, active school shooting incidents at elementary and high schools in America," the Fox Host told his viewers.
As gun violence continues to rear its ugly head all across this country, the American people want to see real change, not more extremist, guns-everywhere rhetoric from the NRA.
The grieving people of Sutherland Springs were treated to the same old rhetoric that blames everything – laws, bureaucracy, and mental health – other than guns.
We can’t pray this problem away. We can’t continue to have moments of silence for thoughts and prayers and then claim to be shocked the next time tragedy strikes asking ourselves how could this have happened.
"Political survival – what? Who cares? We’re talking about the lives of the American people."
"The time is always right to do what is right. We waited too long. How many more people will die?"
Tonight, dozens of people who were alive 24 hours ago no longer are, and many of the leaders who offer their condolences will likely do nothing to prevent the next American massacre.
"This silence has become unintentional endorsement. It's become a kind of sick complicity."
Nugent said – with a straight face – that he is "100% against any harm to any human beings."