Petition signatures delivered in person to Sen. McConnell’s northern Kentucky office and Sen. Gardner’s Denver office
October 6, 2017 – Just days after the worst mass shooting in modern history took the lives of 58 Americans, 1,044,119 people have signed petitions demanding that Congress pass gun control legislation, including an assault weapons ban. The petition signatures were collected by CREDO, Daily Kos, MoveOn, CT Against Gun Violence, Avaaz and MomsRising.
Today, activists delivered those petition signatures in person to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Fort Wright, KY, office and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner’s Denver office.
“Thoughts and prayers will not do anything to protect Americans from gun violence, but Republicans in Congress could if they weren’t afraid of the NRA,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “It is long past time for Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to take immediate action to ban weapons of war, including assault weapons and large capacity magazines, which have no place in the hands of private citizens,” Zaheed continued, adding, “anything less will make it clear that congressional Republicans care more about pleasing the NRA than keeping Americans safe.”
At both petition delivery events, activists read the names of the 58 people killed Sunday night in Las Vegas as a solemn reminder of the human cost of Republicans’ failure to take legislative action to reduce gun violence.
“Every time there’s a terrorist shooting in America, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan lead the conservative pack in immediately telling those of us who dream of a safer world that it’s too soon to act on this latest tragedy. That’s exactly backward: It’s too late—too late every day for the victims of gun violence. Still, Republicans offer the same hollow sentiments and unwillingness to implement even the most basic measures of gun safety laws, while every day dozens of people die from gun violence in this country.” Rachel Colyer, Senior Campaign Director at Daily Kos continues, “Our elected leaders must act now, and it starts with a head-on challenge to the slick cabal of gun industry shills known as the NRA. Americans don’t just overwhelmingly want gun safety laws–we need them to live safely and without fear when we send our children to school, enter public spaces, or places of worship. It’s time for Republicans to put the wellbeing of Americans ahead of the demands of the gun lobby.”
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“Mark Carman is a MoveOn member, gun-owner, and country music producer whose petition calling for common-sense solutions to gun violence gained more than 200,000 signatures since Sunday’s attack in Las Vegas,” said Maria Tchijov, Director of Platform at MoveOn.org Civic Action. “Americans from across the country are countering the toxic influence of the NRA by demanding comprehensive Congressional action to enact common sense gun laws.”
“Thoughts and prayers without action ring hollow,” said Jonathan Perloe, Director of Communications at CT Against Gun Violence. “There is no other kind of attack on Americans that is met with this level of indifference. It needs to stop.”
“After Columbine they did nothing. After Virginia Tech they did nothing. After Sandy Hook they did nothing. After Orlando they did nothing. After Las Vegas… enough,” said Joseph Huff-Hannon, Senior Campaigner for the global rights group Avaaz. “Nearly a million people across the country are putting Congress on notice that doing nothing is no longer an option.”
“It’s long past time to get military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines out of the hands of civilians and to pass universal background checks,” said Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising, a national online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families. “We expect every member of Congress to not only do that immediately, but also to refuse to deregulate silencers as part of the Share Act. Thoughts and prayers are insufficient. It’s time to save lives.”
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of over 5 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.