Tell Sen. John McCain he's dead wrong on assault weapons

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"Here's some straight talk from the majority of Americans who support a ban on military-style semiautomatic assault weapons: The assault weapons ban will pass if Senators like you vote with the will of their constituents, not NRA lobbyists."
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Dear Friend,

At a recent town hall, the mother of a victim of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting asked Senator John McCain to help ban assault weapons. Here's how Talking Points Memo reported the exchange:

"My 24-year-old son, Alex, was murdered in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.," Caren Teves said. "These assault rifles allow the shooter to fire many rounds without having to reload. These weapons to do not belong on our streets."

"I can tell you right now you need some straight talk. That assault weapons ban will not pass the Congress of the United States," McCain responded. The video, posted Thursday by Phoenix's KTVK, showed the line drawing applause and cheers from the crowd.1

We have some straight talk for Sen. McCain and for the people who cheered his cynical remarks. The majority of Americans support a ban on semi-automatic military-style assault weapons. And that ban can pass if Senators like John McCain would vote for it.

Tell Sen. McCain: Stop your cynical political posturing and support the assault weapons ban. Click here to sign the petition automatically.

The NRA is behind the cynical, conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C. that purports that an assault weapons ban can't pass. But according to a recent poll by Pew, a majority of Americans support a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, like the ban included in Sen. Feinstein's proposed bill.2

McCain needs to hear straight talk from people across America about why we expect Senators like him to vote with their constituents, not the NRA when the assault weapons ban comes up for a vote.

Tell Sen. McCain: Stop your cynical political posturing and support the assault weapons ban. Click the link below to sign the petition automatically:

Thank you for standing up to John McCain and the NRA.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. David Taintor, "Crowd Cheers After McCain Tells Aurora Victim's Mother She Needs 'Straight Talk' (VIDEO)." Talking Points Memo, February 21, 2013.
2. Sam Stein, "Assault Weapons Ban Likely To Die So That Broader Gun Policy Legislation Can Live." Huffington Post, February 04, 2013.
3. [PDF] "In Gun Control Debate, Several Options Draw Majority Support." The Pew Research Center, January 14, 2013.

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