As the nation grieves and mourns the loss of 20 innocent schoolchildren and 6 educators in this most recent act of gun violence, now more than ever is the time for grassroots action. The Connecticut shooting must be the tipping point for political leadership on common sense gun law reform. FINALLY, the White House is considering a renewal of the assault weapons ban. Under Obama's presidency there have been far too many gun massacres. Tell Congress and Obama to put a bill to vote now!
Since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004, this country has endured several senseless massacres that tear at the fabric of our nation -- Virginia Tech, Tuscon AZ, Aurora CO, and now Newtown Connecticut shooting. Just this April, Mexican President Calderon urged President Obama to push Congress to revive the ban on assault weapons in the U.S. “The expiring of the assault weapons ban in the year 2004 coincided almost exactly with the beginning of the harshest -- the harshest -- period of violence we've ever seen,” Calderon said at the White House news conference in April 2012.
There is overwhelming public opinion in favor of gun control laws and bi-partisan efforts have been made to revive the ban on assault weapons under federal law. In 2007, an ABC News poll revealed that 67% of Americans favor a federal ban on assault weapons. Yet, the gun lobby is so exceedingly powerful, particularly in swing state voting districts, that it is like the 3rd rail in Congress. This petition aims to tell our leaders it's time to LEAD on an issue that is entirely within the public interest of the real people of this country irregardless of party.
This petition is important to stand up against the special interest gun lobby and behind leaders in Congress who will and have in the past pursued a revival of the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004 under a sunset provision. Efforts in 2007 and 2008 by U.S. House Democrats and Republicans never made it to a vote on the floor. This petition is force our representatives to publicly take a stand on this issue! Calling on all members of Congress to answer - What will you do to revive the federal ban on assault weapons now?