Sen. Grassley should take a stance on banning assault weapons

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Members of the Senate need to represent you, not the NRA. Tell them to ban military-style semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
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Dear Friend,

Your pressure is working. For the first time in years, serious gun regulation is within reach. Vice President Joe Biden's task force, commissioned after the Newtown massacre last month, provided its recommendations to the President yesterday and today Obama is expected to announce a proposal that includes an assault weapons ban.

Now we have to push members of Congress to make the President's proposal a legislative reality as soon as possible. The first step is getting your senator on the record about banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Call Sen. Chuck Grassley and ask: Do you support a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines? Click here for contact information and a sample script.

Since the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, even legislators who received "A" ratings from the National Rifle Association have shown interest in supporting restrictions on the military-style weapons and high-capacity ammo magazines like the ones used in the Newtown massacre.1

The gestures from these legislators are welcome signs, but we need more than sympathetic words. We need real leadership to overcome the death-grip the NRA has on Congress and begin the vital work of addressing the senseless gun violence that threatens our communities.

Senator Dianne Feinstein plans to introduce a new assault weapons bill,2 similar to the ban which expired in 2004 and banned the sale of guns like the AR-15 that was used in many high-profile mass killings including Sandy Hook and the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting.3 Senator Frank Lautenberg has pledged to re-introduce his bill to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines.4 His bill would have made it illegal for anyone to buy or own the type of ammunition magazine Adam Lanza used in the Newtown attack.5

Senators can sign on to these bills as co-sponsors when they're introduced this month, to help push them through committee and on to the floor for a vote.

Call Sen. Chuck Grassley and ask: Do you support a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines? Click here for contact information and a sample script.

CREDO members worked to pass the federal assault weapons ban in 1994. And we fought to stop its expiration in 2004. We continue to advocate for passing and enforcing sensible federal gun laws restricting ready access for civilians to assault weapons, and we will fight for universal background checks and making arms trafficking a federal crime, just to name two more crucial initiatives on the table.

Massacres on the scale of the tragedy in Newtown happen in part because our federal gun laws make it easy for civilians to obtain weapons of war.

We're not so naïve as to think that sensible gun laws are all that's needed to stop the killings. There are many things that need to change in American culture to stop the next Newtown-like massacre. But we do know one thing we should put at the top of the list: keeping military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines out of the hands of civilians.

It's long past time to reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons, and institute a new ban on high-capacity magazines.

Pick up the phone and ask Sen. Grassley: Do you support a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines? Click the link below for contact information and a sample script:
http://act.credoaction.com/call?tg=FSIA_1&cp_id=290&id=53402-3362360-jXCrNcx&t=5

Thank you for speaking out against gun violence.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. Josh Israel, "Meet The 10 Gun-Touting Lawmakers Willing To Consider Gun Control In Aftermath Of Shooting." ThinkProgress, 12/18/12.
2. Sean Sullivan, "Feinstein will introduce assault weapons ban in Senate." The Washington Post, 12/16/12.
3. Zack Beauchamp, "Expired Assault Weapons Ban Would Have Covered Rifle Used In Colorado Shooting." ThinkProgress, 07/20/12.
4. Steve Strunsky, "Lautenberg renews bid to ban high-capacity ammunition." The Star-Ledger, 12/17/12.
5. ibid


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