On December 14, 2012, 20 first graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. And since that tragic day, more than 3,300 additional men, women and children have been killed with guns.1
But after months of GOP obstruction, there has been a breakthrough in negotiations around background checks and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring gun reform legislation to the floor TODAY.2
This is a big deal and your urgent action is needed! Contact your Senator now and demand background checks for all sales.
According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, 47,856 people were murdered in the U.S. by firearms between 2006 and 2010. That’s more than twice as many as were killed by all other means combined!3
Requiring background checks on all firearms purchases is a common-sense way to cut down on the thousands that are senselessly murdered every year by gun violence. But right now only 6 states require background checks at gun shows!4
Over 90% of Americans support closing the gun show loophole by requiring background checks on every gun sale. With a vote just hours away, contact your Senators right now and urge them to support background checks on all firearm purchases.
The time to act is now.
1 – “How many people have been killed by guns since Newtown?” Slate, March 28, 2013
2 – “Gun control background checks deal all but done in Senate between Manchin, Toomey,” The Huffington Post, April 9, 2013
3 – “Guns in America, a Statistical Look,” ABC News, August 25, 2012
4 – “Background checks for guns: What you need to know,” April 10, 2013