The NRA has blocked policies that help protect Americans from gun violence for decades –– like life-saving background checks laws –– and have stood up for policies that encourage gun violence, like Stand Your Ground. The NRA’s policy approach has cost American lives, full stop.
The NRA’s death toll is particularly clear this week, which marks one year since the country mourned the tragic shootings in Dayton and El Paso that killed 32 Americans and wounded 40 more in less than 24 hours.
In the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, both Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell finally said they were ready to help end the scourge of gun violence. But then NRA President Wayne LaPierre reportedly ordered Trump to “stop the games” on gun safety, and they caved.
NOW: Gun extremists have gathered at the Virginia State Capitol in an attempt to intimidate lawmakers out of doing what voters elected them to do: pass common-sense gun laws that will keep our families safe.
Our VA volunteers worked tirelessly to elect a #GunSenseMajority of lawmakers who will stand up for gun safety laws. Now, these lawmakers are ready to uphold the will of the people and follow through on their pledge to protect Virginians from gun violence.
It’s not only our volunteers who want action on gun violence prevention—gun safety was the top issue for voters in VA’s 2019 elections. Recent polling found that the vast majority of VA voters support background checks on gun sales & red flag legislation. momsdemandaction.org/icymi-new-poll…
Joyce Fienberg was a 75-year-old widow and grandmother with two sons, who formerly worked as a research specialist at the Univ. of Pittsburgh. A former student said Joyce “lit up a room with her huge personality. We weren't just welcome in the classroom, but into their home."
Dr. Richard Gottfried, 65, shared a dental practice with his wife, Peg. The couple both volunteered at a free dental clinic and provided dental services to the local school district. The district superintendent said Richard was "a fixture in the lives of those in our community.”