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This Women’s Day, I want to discuss a myth purported by the NRA & Republicans that they use to justify not passing sensible #GunReform laws.

Myth:
“A gun is the ultimate equalizer, and gives women power in dangerous situations. Gun laws, therefore, are sexist.” 🙄
While firearms do give advantage to some women, that advantage is many times manipulated against them. A woman carrying a firearm for self defense is actually much more likely to have it used against her.
“Women who were victims of attempted or completed crimes used guns to defend themselves just 0.4% of the time,'' according to the NCVS.

Women are 100 times more likely to be murdered by a man w/ a gun than to use it to kill in self-defense.
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@Urban_Idealist_ The case was retried in 2012 & lest we forget the murder victim was a black #girl/ child. In the Bay Area I was alarmed when a black #woman was set on fire in Oakland tied to a chair alive...I was sad no one seemed to care, barely made the news. Maybe Sunny can discuss why?🤷🏻‍♀️
@Urban_Idealist_ Tyesha Edwards was a Black little girl. Retrial 👉🏼Still proclaiming his innocence, Myon Burrell was sentenced this morning to more than 50 years in prison for the killing of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in South Minneapolis.
@TheView 1/
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@Urban_Idealist_ @TheView “Her mother told Hennepin County District Judge Charles Porter that the gunshots, the gang violence and the killings throughout the black community had to stop. “ 2/
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Many guests at tonight's #SOTU are survivors of gun violence. So even if Trump refuses to address gun violence — an epidemic that's killed 120k people since he took office — its presence in the room will be felt deeply.

Here’s who’s in attendance. (THREAD) #MomentsThatSurvive
A guest of @RepTomSuozzi, Linda Beigel Schulman, whose son Scott was murdered 2 years ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Linda stands with Rep. Suozzi in urging Trump to pass universal background checks. #MomentsThatSurvive #SOTU
A guest of @SpeakerPelosi, @Brady_CA’s Mattie Scott. Mattie's been fighting for gun reform ever since her son, George, was shot and killed in 1996.

Mattie is tireless. This is the 4th year she's joined Speaker Pelosi as a #SOTU guest. #MomentsThatSurvive
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Yesterday @senatemajldr McConnell told the press he wasn't watching the #ImpeachmentHearings:

"I'm going to be paying attention to what we're doing in the Senate."

Does that mean you are finally going to pass all those Bills from the U.S. House sitting in your inbox?
Since he's not watching the #ImpeachmentHearings. How about passing H.R.1. For The People Act, This would expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules & limit money in our politics. Wonder why this one isn't important to Republicans. /1
Or here's a good one:
H.R.582 - Raise the Wage Act. I mean the explanation is in the title. It would lift so many people up in my District 8 and your state of Kentucky. It would raise minimum wages to $15 over 7 years. My Republican opponent @RepRichHudson Voted NO. /2
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Welcome to the #Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking Report for the week ending 10/27/19.

This is where you'll find all the votes and quotes from our PA House members as well as @SenBobCasey and @SenToomey.
#MoCTrack 1/24
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@SenBobCasey @SenToomey The awesome folks at @538Politics help us assess the extent to which our MoCs vote along with the Trump Administration agenda. We track that index in each week’s #MoCTrack Report.

#MoCTrack 2/24
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@SenBobCasey @SenToomey @538politics This week, the House voted on the #ShieldAct, a measure that provides election security from foreign interference AND incorporates legislation introduced by #PA06’s @RepHoulahan and #PA17’s @RepConorLamb.

#MoCTrack 3/24
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We desperately need #GunReform laws in the U.S. #MassacreMitch has an A+ rating by the NRA, & has taken $ MILLIONS, ensuring no gun laws pass.

R’s are handmaidens to the gun lobby, ensuring thousands die yearly, so long as they get #NRABloodMoney. courier-journal.com/story/news/pol…
Now #MassacreMitch has stated he will only allow a Senate vote on #GunReform laws IF #VeryStableGenius is guaranteed to sign it. He wants to be absolved of any responsibility.

What.

A.

Leader.
These deaths are on his hands though. He requests to be known as the Grim Reaper on passing legislation. He certainly lives up to the name.

The NRA is in Republicans’ pocketbooks as well as ears, telling them how to spread fear & lies about guns to the public.

We know better.
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NEW THREAD: (TL;DR - The 2nd Amendment was never intended as a limitless right to private firearms ownership.)

18th Century concepts of 'militia' in America were very different than popular understanding these days. #2A #GunReformNow
In the late 1700s, the militias were the backbone of security for the newly established USA. Every adult white man from age 16 and up was required to be in the militia. It was the 18th Century version of compulsory military service. #2A #GunReformNow
The militia were viewed as a bulwark against the tyranny of a standing army. Because of their experience with the British Red Coats, Americans were robustly against a paid, standing army.

(Clearly, in 2019, having a standing army is no longer a concern for most Americans.) #2A
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@BetoORourke given circumstances you weren’t able to do a meet and greet, but you inspired me to share my Why with you. This is Bodhi. He’ll be 1 in October and his dad works a job that is unnecessarily dangerous. I’m a teacher.
#Beto2020
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Last year in my school, we had 3 shooting threats. 1 was unfounded, but 2 weren’t. The students had weapons, plans and were coming had it not been for two students. Two students that made sure I had the opportunity to tweet this to you.
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Two students that made sure Bodhi’s daddy came home to tuck him in that night. It shouldn’t be like this. My wife shouldn’t respond in fear when I tell her my class is near the entrance. I’m a teacher. I’m not trained for that. There’s no class for this. No preparation.
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#MassShooting perpetrators all share common negative themes in their lives.

These are “inadequacy and isolation.”

In a society dominated by masculinity, those who are isolated and inadequate feel especially weak.

It’s also why mass shooters are mostly men.
#GunReform
Not all #MassShootings are politically motivated.

In the case of #Dayton and the #LasVegasShooting, it’s hard to nail down a specific motive.

But they both shared an isolation and a feeling of inadequacy.

People who knew them said they “kept to themselves.”
#GunReformNow
The #DaytonShooter was “quiet” and had “hit lists” full of women who’d rebuffed his advances.

The #LasVegasShooter was described as a private person, who was thought to have “desired notoriety” like his father, who was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted List.”

Inadequacy and isolation.
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Most all guns just want to mind their own business, go to work, raise their family, and maybe have a little fun at the shooting range now and again, it's only a very few that chose a life of crime, why do Democrats want to judge all guns like criminals when that's not the case?
Why don't we just lock up the bad guns and leave the innocent guns alone?

Why do so many bad guns immigrate to Democrat run cities to wreak havoc?

Why can't we try educate guns to keep so many of them from going bad?

Maybe we could even try to rehabilitate them?
Why can't we teach guns that they shouldn't illegally immigrate to gun controlled cities and states, nor to venture across plainly defined borders into no gun zones?
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#DaytonOhioShooting by Connor D. Betts?

#Shooter DIED 5 YEARS AGO.🤔

Same age, same guy pictured, same sister Megan.
‘Connor Betts’ 2014 Obitiatry Stirs #Dayton OH Mass #Shooting Fal_e F_ag Rumors On Social Media #QAnon #MAGA #GunControlNow #DaytonStrong thecount.com/2019/08/04/con…
How convenient!

#Dayton Shooter's Obituary (from 5 YEARS AGO) has been DELETED.

They're SCRUBBING the web in SLOPPY attempt to hide their MANUFACTURED crisis.

TOO LATE! #DaytonOhioShooting is #FakeNews. #GunControlNow BS FF

Save/archive EVERYTHING incriminating u find!
#QAnon
#DaytonOhioShooting FRAUDSTERS have successfully wiped the 5-YEAR-OLD obituaries of the #Shooter from source sites, but not before MANY people got screen-grabs.

#GunControlNow advocates are in HIGH PLACES & perpetrate MASSIVE hoaxes on the public. #Resist #FakeNews #Shootings
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I think I have an answer to the #GunReform logjam that should get overwhelming support among American patriots of both parties:

**Make military service compulsory for anyone who purchases a gun.**

If you buy a gun, you’re in the Reserves. It’s what the Framers intended, right?
This compulsory enlistment would reflect the literal Constitutional language, which focuses on the right to bear arms as directly related to the security of our nation. It would also ensure that all guns are registered and that gun owners learn how to safely use them.
Countries all over the world have compulsory military service, including some of our President’s favorite countries: Russia, the UAE, North Korea and Israel. The latter two, along with Armenia, Cape Verde, Chad, China, Eritrea, Norway and Sweden, have it for men AND women.
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Trump wants to tie gun reform to immigration.

His immigration hate speeches are the main motive of the shooter. WTF
The only tie between #GunReform and immigration is that our guns and bullets immigrate south to fuel violence and create refugees.

I can’t say what I want to say.
3/. Oh, video games are the problem.
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for all of the well-intentioned liberals calling for Extreme Gun Control Now, consider for .2 seconds how these regulations will disproportionately impact Black and Brown communities, which are already occupied by a militaristic police force that will stop at nothing to have (1/
as many black and brown bodies in jail as humanly possible. also consider who this legislation will NOT be impacting - white men. there are obviously common sense measures that should be pursued ASAP, but this will end up being War on Drugs 2.0 if oppressed communities (2/
aren’t at the forefront of this discussion. i promise you cops aren’t going to be coming to Suburbia to take away the guns of middle and upper class white america. they will be targeting communities of color and adding even more Black and Brown bodies to our prison system (3/
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It's easy to celebrate those on the front lines. Those willing and able to speak in front of hundreds, sometimes thousands. Those capable gitterdone types. We applaud and support their work always, don’t we?
We also must celebrate those in the back. The people who have anxieties or time constraints that keep them from being the “leader.” They are quietly calling Congress, having tough conversations with friends and family, addressing local Dem issues.
They are writing #PostcardsToVoters, often alone, spending their own cash to support elections in locations far from their home. They may not be organizing or giving speeches, but they are just as important, just as inspiring.
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The NRA (falsely) vilifies this attempt to make communities safer by cherry picking and rewording this proposal.

Let me break it down for you.

#GunReform #NRABloodMoney #Enough #NRAIsATerroristOrg
The proposal includes a future ban on the sale of assault-style weapons.

These weapons are by no means necessary for self defense. They’re very well suited however for shooting up classrooms full of children.
The proposal also includes a “ban on common firearm accessories”.

Accessories such as bump stocks that alter a firearm to rapid fire has no place whatsoever in the hands of civilians.

I don’t care if it’s super common. There’s no excuse for possessing one. At all.
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People at risk of harming others or themselves show signs before #GunViolence or self-harm happens:

—Fascination/obsession with guns
—Extreme isolation
—Social withdrawal
—Victim of long-term bullying
—Hints about an attack
—Threats of violence

🔥Watch:

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6 years ago today, a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault weapon, shot through the locked entrance of #SandyHook elementary in Newtown, CT and murdered twenty 1st graders & 6 teachers.

We said #NeverAgain

The killer had
👏Every👏Single👏 Sign

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It’s been 10 months today since a gunman armed with an AR-15 went to MSD HS in #Parkland, FL & shot 15 kids & 2 teachers.

We said #NeverAgain—Again.

The killer had
👏Every 👏Single 👏Sign

Catch that? #SandyHook & MSD share a horrific gun violence tragedies anniversary today.
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It’s been 251 days since the #ParklandShooting
Yesterday, @DLoesch said R voters need to bring guns to precincts to “vote”

#GunReform has been lost in the news, but it’s on every ballot Nov 6.
#VOTE🗳

Powerful— click on each of the 245 people in this to hear their gun stories⤵️
I am an American Citizen and a registered voter.

I hereby pledge to never vote for a candidate who accepts money from the @NRA

Earn that F rating and you can earn my vote.

Nov. 6 #VoteBlue 🌊 for #GunReform & common sense #GunLaws

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Trump: Day 620
-Engaged in "Dubious Tax Schemes"
-Forbes Reports Shrinking Net Worth
-Eric Trump Involved in Stormy Case
-Sz "Scary Time 4 Young Men" in US
-FBI: No Plans 2 Interview Dr. Ford
-Sz Radiation Damage Good 4 You
-Melania Wears $2k Dress in Ghana
Add...
Day 725 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Add...
Day 577 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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Rubio has an A+ rating, & has taken $3.3 million from the NRA. He is just one of many R’s (Cruz) who are handmaidens to the gun lobby. The safety of the public is not as important as their #NRABloodMoney.

Let’s dispel gun myths the NRA constantly parrots. tampabay.com/florida-politi…
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
This is probably the most common argument heard from gun advocates. It’s true that guns can’t kill by themselves & DO indeed need someone to pull the trigger... Guns don’t kill people, but allow someone who WOULD kill much easier, faster, more lethal means for killing. #GunReform
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It’s been 162 days since the #ParklandSchoolShooting

In 2 days, the US will be able to download & print a 3D gun

While the @NRA is being investigated for funneling money from Russia in 2016, GOP politicians are offering #ThoughtsAndPrayers to kids returning to school in August.
In today’s WTF news: Guns Do Kill People.
Not one piece of gun legislation has been introduced by the GOP since Columbine.
A tax exempt lobbyist org is lining GOP politician’s pockets to look the other way while our nation’s children are being slaughtered.
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I am an American Citizen and a registered voter.

I hereby pledge to never vote for a candidate who accepts money from the @NRA

Earn that F rating and you can earn my vote.

In November please— #VoteBlue 🌊
When you vote for Dems, you vote for #GunReform & common sense #GunLaws
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Our country desperately needs #GunReformNow. It’s proven that states with stricter gun laws have far less death by firearm. Read this. We need to discuss what specifically needs to be done to reduce the death toll. #Enough nytimes.com/interactive/20…
For the record, I do not think we need to ban all guns, or repeal 2A. We can pass effective and sensible #GunReform without being extreme.
But it is clear that more firearm laws equals less death by firearms. Those of us that are advocating for #GunReform need to get on the same page, be sending the same message. So let’s come up with some aspects that we can all agree on.
scientificamerican.com/article/more-g…
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Woke up to tragic news of another shooting in the US. The shooter left an AR-15 at the scene, 4 dead.

How many more will die before #GunReform is passed? These WMD are way too easy to obtain.

The time for #ThoughtsandPrayers is over.

We the people Demand #GunReformNow
2/It’s NOT fallacy: our peer counties that’ve enacted #GunLaws do NOT have shootings like the US.

Military grade weapons do not belong in the hands of civilians. A shooting occurs in this country on average every 60 hours.

This is an Epidemic.

I am an American Citizen and a registered voter!

I hereby pledge to never vote for a candidate who accepts money from the NRA.

I will only vote for a NRA rated F candidate.

#EarnThatF
#NRABloodMoney
#VoteForOurLives

Fin/
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Yesterday, #COTD @BenMcAdams rode your #BlueWave2018🌊 from 7.6k followers to 8430! ❤️ Great job, y'all!

This #SaturdayMorning, we are doing a special #COTD to support #MarchForOurLives

We asked #BWCS endorsed candidates where they stand on #GunReform

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#AMJoy
.@PiattPatti's son died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Watching others lose a child and knowing what they feel brings it all back. I don't have a problem with responsible gun ownership, but there is nothing responsible about owning an AR-15."
#MarchForOurLives
#AMJoy
#KY04
"If we want teachers to have to ability to make offensive measures, why not non-lethal weapons? It's terrible that we would have to, but if we do, that route should not be firearms." -@TomPrigg2018
#MarchForOurLives
#AMJoy
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