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New Zealand’s willingness to act swiftly after a national shooting tragedy stands in stark contrast to the US. For too long, a powerful gun lobby persuaded some lawmakers to stop laws proven to protect people from gun violence. But their power is waning, and Americans are acting.
We’ve stopped the gun lobby’s priority legislation at the federal level for nearly three years. Our electoral wins in the midterm elections made it possible to pass gun safety legislation through the US House just days into the 2019 session - for the first time in two decades.
Last year, we passed stronger gun laws in 20 states, nine of which were signed by Republican governors. In the midterms, we helped flip the makeup of seven state legislatures to be gun sense majorities; we’ve passed stronger laws in some of those states already this year.
Even though the gun lobby has a 30 year head start, we're catching up. But the inability of Congress to act after at least 200 shootings since 2009 is why it's so urgent that every politician and every American gets off the sideline and makes gun violence a priority policy issue.
If you're angry that too many members of Congress sit on their hands while 100 Americans die every day from gun violence, you can channel that emotion into acting. We need a President and a Congress that will pass stronger federal gun laws. Join us. Text ACT to 644-33.
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