CREDO statement and background on gun control executive actions

By January 5, 2016 No Comments

FYI – CREDO Action released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of executive actions to reduce gun violence:

CREDO applauds President Obama for taking executive action to expand background checks and reduce gun violence,” said CREDO Senior Campaign Manager Heidi Hess. “But today’s limited steps were only necessary because Republicans in Congress consistently side with the extremists at the NRA over their own constituents.

Much more must be done to reduce gun violence,” Hess continued. “But it won’t happen unless Congress finds the courage to finally stand up to the NRA and do its job.

Over the past several months, CREDO has engaged its 3.9 million activists extensively in support of gun control:

50,000+ URGE OBAMA TO TAKE EXECUTIVE ACTION ON GUN CONTROL: In November, more than 56,000 CREDO activists signed a petition urging President Obama not to “wait for Congress to pass gun control legislation” and to take immediate executive action to help stop gun violence.

230,000+ ACTIVISTS TELL PRO-NRA MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: “THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS” ARE NOT ENOUGH: In the week following the October 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, more than 230,000 CREDO activists signed a petition to pro-NRA members of Congress with the following text: “Your ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the families and friends of victims of gun violence are not enough when your hearts and votes are with the National Rifle Association. It’s time to put your constituents before the NRA.”

CALL CAMPAIGN AIMS TO BREAK THE NRA’S CHOKEHOLD ON CONGRESS: CREDO activists made more than 8,700 phone calls last fall to the offices of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz, House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price and House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte demanding that they allow a vote on commonsense gun control legislation.

100,000+ ACTIVISTS TO REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS: ALLOW A VOTE ON REAL GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION: In the days following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, more than 100,000 CREDO activists urged Republicans in Congress to “bring real gun control legislation to the floor of the House and the Senate.”

CREDO also played a key role in previous gun control debates, with more than 600,000 CREDO activists taking action in support of gun control legislation in recent years. Highlights of our past activism include:

POST-SANDY HOOK RAPID RESPONSE PRESSURE ON THE NRA: In December 2012, less than 72 hours after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, CREDO led hundreds of activists in an emergency march on the National Rifle Association’s Washington, DC office. Days later, exactly one week after the tragedy, CREDO delivered more than 200,000 petition signatures to the NRA telling it to stand down and stop blocking gun control legislation. Photos from both events are available here.

SURGE OF ACTIVISM IN SUPPORT OF BACKGROUND CHECKS: In the weeks before the Senate considered a bill to require universal background checks in 2013, hundreds of thousands of CREDO activists signed petitions in support of the bill, and more than 4,600 made calls to their Senators.

FIGHTING FOR GUN CONTROL AT THE STATE LEVEL: CREDO activists have fought for stricter gun control laws – including background checks, keeping guns out of the hands of those convicted of domestic violence, and keeping guns out of schools and parks in states including Florida, Iowa, South Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee and Idaho.

CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 3.9 million activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and more than 100,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct actions for progressive change. Follow @CREDOmobile on Twitter.