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After two back-to-back outbreaks of gun violence shook the nation over the weekend, we have seen a reinvigoration of calls for government action as debates continue across the country around gun violence prevention measures and policy solutions to make our communities safer. While gun control has always been a highly polarized issue, most Americans share more common ground than you might think.
This #TakeActionTuesday move beyond the polarization and take action to make our communities safer.
- Find Common Ground. The vast majority of Americans, 96% surveyed in a recent Gallup Poll, support universal background checks. Democrats and Republicans also largely agree on a variety of measures, including banning internet sales of ammunition and barring people with histories of certain mental illnesses from purchasing guns. These lines of agreement can provide great starting points to broader conversations with those around you and policymakers alike.
- Support Legislation. Take the time to research pending legislation like the federal Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R.8), and meet with your policymakers while they are back in your district for the August recess to ask how they are supporting legislation that aligns with your priorities. Remember to consider state and local legislation when researching upcoming legislation and advocating for the changes that you want to see.
- Align With A Movement. Regardless of where you fall within the gun control debate, all Americans want their communities and public spaces to be safe and free from gun violence. Find out which local or national organizations align best with your views on gun control, get in contact with them to see what legislation and community-based solutions they are supporting, and consider how you can use your unique skills and experience to support their mission.
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