In the aftermath of mass shootings in Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Isla Vista, Congress has done the unthinkable... nothing at all.
There is a gaping hole in our laws that allow criminals and others to go to "private sellers" at gun shows, on the internet, and elsewhere to buy guns with no background check, no questions asked.
Not surprisingly, 80 percent of criminal inmates in a Department of Justice survey said they got their guns through private means -- no background check necessary.
More than 90% of Americans say that they support fixing the criminal background check system for gun sales by
1) getting the names of everyone who isn't allowed to buy a gun into the background check system, and
2) providing a background check for every gun purchase, with limited exceptions.
Join Gabby Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly and sign their petition calling on Congress to enact expanded background checks for gun purchases.
I stand with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly in urging you to take immediate action to reduce gun violence in the United States.
One reasonable solution you could pass that would reduce violence while protecting responsible ownership would be expanded background checks for gun purchases.
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I look forward to watching your progress and commitment to this important issue.
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