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1/Last night we and other local leaders of @MomsDemandAction, @WAGV,@Momtivist, @fialosangeles spoke with @KatieHill4CA about her quote in @NYTimes. We wanted to give Katie the opportunity to explain before we made a public statement. #CA25
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2/We do appreciate that @KatieHill4CA took the time to listen to our concerns about the consequences of this quote. We'll allow Katie to better explain how this quote came about. #CA25
3/We want be clear that this order of sentences, however they came to print are uninformed and dangerous. We and so many LA-based activists worked tirelessly these past 2 years to get the #NRA out of #CA25 and that includes NRA talking points.
4/There's two CA laws that may have prevented the #ThousandOaks shooting: the Gun Violence Restraining Order law and the state's ban of high capacity magazines. Laws only work when we are aware of them and they are enforced. #CA25
5/CA passed a Gun Violence Restraining Order law after the Isla Vista tragedy in 2014. Since 2016, Ventura County has seized only 4 firearms under this restraining order. Over half of CA’s counties haven't used #GVRO at all.
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6/The #ThousandOaks shooter was cleared by mental health officials after law enforcement visited his home. Did family who “live in fear of him” know that a #GVRO was available for them to pursue? Did Ventura County law enforcement? Did local VA? cnn.com/2018/11/08/us/… #CA25
7/We hope @KatieHill4CA uses her platform to spread the word about CA #GVRO, particularly the amazing work of the awareness campaign, @speakforsafety. GVROs could save the lives of #CA25 constituents. It could've saved lives in #ThousandOaks. #SpeakForSafety
8/We're proud to have supported @NancySkinnerCA's bill this year that lowered #GVRO filing fees and added ammo and magazines to the list of items that must be surrendered. #CA25
9/CA’s ban on all high capacity magazines may have also prevented the #ThousandOaks shooting or prevent like shootings. Thanks to the #NRA, it can't be enforced. #CA25
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10/@CRPAnews, the CA arm of the NRA sued the state over its ban on high capacity magazines. The ban's injunction has been upheld by a Bush appointed judge in the 9th Circuit. thetrace.org/2018/11/califo… #CA25
11/@KatieHill4CA’s quote is dangerous because it empowers the NRA to continue its rhetoric that gun legislation is useless because it can't prevent all tragedies. There IS gun legislation that could've prevented the shooting in #ThousandOaks. #CA25
12/@KatieHill4CA's quote also gives newly elected MoCs in redder districts permission to not do anything about gun reform legislation. “If an LA millennial who became a celebrity doesn’t think gun laws can prevent the tragedy next door to her district, why should we?” #CA25
13/Gun violence IS political. We can’t unsee or unknow that the gun lobby gives money predominantly to one party to do nothing about gun reform legislation. Saying that we don’t want to politicize a tragedy is no better than #ThoughtsAndPrayers. #CA25
14/If Parkland survivor and @Team_Enough leader @AalayahEastmond who canvassed for @KatieHill4CA with us and @Bradybuzz didn’t make her tragedy political, Democrats would’ve continued to wave the white flag on #GVP and we wouldn't have the movement that we have today. #CA25
15/We won't let candidates use the #GVP community only when it's politically convenient for them and then undermine our work when elected. We've been fighting for gun reform before @KatieHill4CA and we’ll continue on no matter who represents #CA25.
16/Gun reform is more than boilerplate talking points to bury on your website during a general election. We need our leaders to stand up for gun reform in the same way that they stood up for healthcare and same sex marriage as rights. #CA25 #GVP #ENOUGH
17/How we fight gun violence will define us as Americans. We need our leaders to not just remember talking points, but embody the moral courage needed to save lives. #CA25 #GVP #ENOUGH
18/@KatieHill4CA did take the time from her busy schedule to assure us that she’s committed to gun reform. We want to see those assurances turned into action. We hope Katie's constituents in #CA25 who gave her their time, energy and money hold her to the same standard. #GVP
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