Enough is Enough. Ban Assault Weapons Now!

They were watching a movie in Aurora. They were learning to read in Newtown. They were celebrating in San Bernardino. And they were dancing in Orlando.

And then they were killed by an assault-style rifle.

In the early morning hours of June 12th, a gunman opened fire on 300 LGBTQ people and allies dancing and celebrating Pride Month at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. Using a highly accurate assault-style rifle that can fire off multiple rounds of ammunition in a short amount of time, he was able to kill at least 50 people and injure at least 53 before he was killed by police.

Assault-style rifles are designed to kill a lot of people really quickly. That is their sole purpose, and that is why they are used so often in mass shootings. Seven out of the 10 mass shooting incidents with the highest number of people killed and wounded in the U.S. involved an assault-style rifle.  

An assault weapons ban was in place for 10 years in the United States before Congress let it expire in 2004. In the 12 years since the NRA stopped the ban from being reauthorized, the death toll has spiked significantly. Because it is so easy to buy an assault-style rifle in the U.S., the Orlando gunman was able to legally buy the gun that he used to massacre at least 50 people.

How many more people have to die? How many more families must be torn apart? How many more friends must be lost before our country recognizes the need for gun control? 

It is time to say enough is enough. Sign this petition to demand that the U.S. Congress acts now to pass legislation banning assault rifles.  




To members of Congress:

They were watching a movie in Aurora. They were learning to read in Newtown. They were celebrating in San Bernardino. And they were dancing in Orlando. 

And then they were killed by an assault-style rifle.

In the early morning hours of June 12th, a gunman opened fire on 300 LGBTQ people and allies dancing and celebrating Pride Month at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. Using a highly accurate assault-style rifle that can fire off multiple rounds of ammunition in a short amount of time, he was able to kill at least 50 people and injure at least 53 before he was killed by police.

Assault-style rifles are designed to kill a lot of people really quickly. That is their sole purpose, and that is why they are used so often in mass shootings. Seven out of the 10 mass shooting incidents with the highest number of people killed and wounded in the U.S. involved an assault-style rifle.  

An assault weapons ban was in place for 10 years in the United States before Congress let it expire in 2004. In the 12 years since the NRA stopped the ban from being reauthorized, the death toll has spiked significantly. Because it is so easy to buy an assault-style rifle in the U.S., the Orlando gunman was able to legally buy the gun that he used to massacre 50 people. 

How many more people have to die? How many more families must be torn apart? How many more friends must be lost before you recognize the need for gun control? 

Enough is enough. Act now to pass legislation banning assault rifles in the United States. 
Update #18 months ago
On Monday, the Senate had a chance to pass legislation that would have kept guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and strengthened background checks. Unfortunately, the NRA lobby is so strong that even the most devastating mass shooting in U.S. history could not move our senators to pass this commonsense legislation. Please remember how your senators voted come Election Day, and continue to urge your friends to sign this and other Care2 petitions demanding gun control.
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