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My heart breaks for the 22 people who lost their lives in #ElPaso on Saturday and for the 9 killed in #Dayton just hours later. It breaks for the hundreds who’ve lost their lives to senseless gun violence in Chicago, including this past weekend—the deadliest weekend in 2019 yet.
It’s past time we honor the lives of those lost not just with moments of silence, but with action.

Actions that strengthen our background check system and keeps weapons of war off of our streets and out of the hands of those who have no business possessing them.
But the cold, hard truth is that as long as the Senate is controlled by Mitch McConnell—and as long as @senatemajldr refuses to allow us to vote—he can block commonsense reforms.

This isn’t about courage, it’s about values.

It isn’t about will, it’s about votes.
When Mitch McConnell saw the tragedy unfold at Sandy Hook Elementary, he sent thoughts and prayers. Then called it a day.

Washington didn’t decide to do nothing. Congress didn’t decide to do nothing. One man, Mitch McConnell, decided that was enough. IT ISN’T.
I’m angry. I’m frustrated. I’m heartbroken. Aren’t you? None of it seems to matter to Donald Trump, to Mitch McConnell, or to the Senate Republicans who enable them to DO NOTHING over and over and over again.
They are gaslighting America & we have to call them out on it.

We’re not the only country where violent video games & movies exist.

We’re not the only country facing mental illness.

But we ARE the only developed nation that has DONE NOTHING stem an epidemic of mass shootings.
The firearm lobby & their enablers in the right-wing media, Congress & the White House wag their fingers. Accusing us of politicizing a tragedy "too soon" with one hand while accepting lobbyist cash with the other. With mass shootings, it’s never too soon—it’s always TOO LATE.
This isn’t rocket science. Every other developed nation in the world has figured this out. We need to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people and extend existing bans on fully-automatic weapons to cover the types of weapons of war used to carry out recent massacres.
Passing public safety measures to save lives isn’t tyranny, it’s common sense. We can’t eliminate every traffic fatality, but we require seat belts and speed limits because we know they save lives.

We can preserve the 2nd Amendment & make our communities safer at the same time.
Just as Ronald Reagan signed into law a federal ban on the ownership and transfer of fully-automatic weapons manufactured after 1986, Congress can act now to extend the ban to cover semi-automatic assault rifles that belong on the battlefield and not in our communities.
No one should kneel in their pew, sit at their desk or walk down the street fearing that every prayer, lesson, or step could be their last.

McConnell's silence and refusal to act is as deafening as it is deadly.
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