Stop the nra's dangerous agenda
In July, Women’s March, with help from Virginia Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention, Justice League NYC, and allied partners, hosted a successful protest against the NRA spanning two days, 18.6 miles, and two rallies.
On Friday, July 14th, protesters rallied at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, VA, followed by an 18.6 mile march to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. After an overnight stay at Metropolitan AME church, protesters wrapped up with another rally at the Department of Justice on Saturday.
These actions were in response to the NRA's dangerous ad insinuating violence against protesters and their hypocritical claim of being our country's oldest civil rights organization while not making a formal statement regarding the not guilty verdict in the shooting death of Philando Castile by a Minneapolis police officer. Philando Castile was a licensed firearm concealed carrier who informed the officer he was armed. Women’s March wrote a letter to Wayne LaPierre of the NRA demanding the organization pull down the ad, apologize to Americans, and urge the DOJ to indict the police officer who killed Philando Castile.
Instead of meeting our demands the NRA has doubled-down creating more dangerous ads. We must keep up the pressure to stop the NRA.
WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE : STOP DANGEROUS LEGISLATION PUSHED BY THE NRA
The NRA contributed $30 million to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. What do they want in exchange? To pass dangerous legislation that will help sell more guns and keep their gun-manufacturing funders satisfied. Don’t be fooled: today’s NRA is not your grandfather’s NRA. Civil rights and gun safety are no longer part of their mission. Their top priority is to sell more guns even when 33,000 Americans are killed by guns every year in America.
In order to keep up profits the NRA is attempting to weaken America’s gun laws along with their fear-mongering ads.
It’s up to us to make sure these reckless bills do not see the light of day. If passed these bills will endanger our communities by deregulating silencers and forcing all states to accept concealed carry permits from any state—even if those requirements are weaker or non-existent. Currently, 12 states require no permit at all to carry concealed whereas some places, like New York City, have a highly restricted permitting process. Imagine someone with no permit or training legally allowed to carry a concealed firearm in Times Square or on the subway. Without a permit there is no way to know if someone has passed a background check.
Silencers have been regulated since the days of Al Capone, and for good reason. See information below on how to call your representative to oppose the gun lobby’s agenda. Keep checking back for updates!
Call your representative today to tell them you oppose these reckless bills.
How to contact your representative? Find out here.
URGENT ATTENTION: H.R. 3668: the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement bill, otherwise known as the SHARE Act, is moving to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. A measure in the bill, misleadingly named “The Hearing Protection Act”, would endanger our communities by deregulating silencers. This would allow anyone to get their hands on a firearm silencer, which distorts and muffles the sound of a gunshot, leaving officials with no way to keep them out of the hands of dangerous people.
This is yet another example of the NRA’s dangerous influence on Congress and the Trump White House. We must act now! Call your representatives today and urge them to vote NO on H.R.3668.
Here’s a script for your call:
"Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of [Rep] calling from [town/city]. I’m calling about the dangerous agenda currently being pushed by the NRA through Congress. I urge [Rep] to oppose the SHARE ACT [H.R 3668]
If passed, this bill will endanger our communities by deregulating silencers, leaving officials unable to keep them out of the hands of dangerous people. I strongly oppose this reckless bill that would threaten the safety of my family and neighbors -- your constituents—and only serve to profit the gun industry."
If supportive: How can [Rep] jeopardize our safety? As our elected leader, it’s [Rep]’s responsibility to stand up for the safety of [his/her] constituents and resist the NRA’s agenda. I urge [Rep] to vote against these dangerous bills.
If noncommittal: If [Rep] is serious about keeping [his/her] constituents safe, I urge [him/her] to oppose these reckless bills. Can I count on [Rep] to protect our communities by voting against these bills backed by the NRA?
If opposed: Thank you for standing up to the NRA and protecting our communities from these dangerous bills.
All photos by David Moriya @roguephotonyc