TAKE ACTION: Demand That Mitch McConnell Address Gun Violence

Dayton, Ohio. El Paso, Texas. Gilroy, California. In the past two weeks, three mass shootings across the country have resulted in deaths and devastating community losses. 

That’s why we need Mitch McConnell and the Senate to take urgent action right now. 

High schoolers demanding action on gun violence. (Fibonacci Blue / Creative Commons)

These tragedies were enabled by a country where white supremacy is espoused and emboldened, paving the way for fatal acts of terrorism that follow words, chants, tweets and policies demonizing Black and Brown communities; where toxic masculinity is a consistent marker of shooters, but we continue to ignore the obvious fact that patriarchy kills. (Currently, guns have more rights in the Constitution than women and trans and non-binary people do). 

These tragedies were enabled by a country where dark money and the power of the NRA fuels politicians not only to make cowardly choices, but to make actively cruel and callous ones; where political inaction, spinelessness, and cowardly “thoughts and prayers” transcends the moral courage to take real action. 

There have been 251 shootings in 2019. And all of them preventable. To say it is time to take action is a massive understatement. 

The House Democrats already passed H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, months ago—but it’s been stalled in the Senate. Feminist Majority Foundation is joining the call to demand that Mitch McConnell immediately brings the Senate back to session to vote on this gun control legislation today. After that, we must call upon all of our representatives to pass even more sweeping legislation that bans all assault rifles and large-capacity ammunition magazines. 

Let your Senators and Mitch know: it’s time to get out of the way of sane gun laws. Click here to demand that Mitch McConnell bring the Senate back to session to vote. Then, tell five friends to do the same.

The Senate must take action—now

About

Eleanor Smeal is president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and publisher of Ms. She appears frequently on television and radio, testifies before Congress on a wide variety of women’s issues and speaks to diverse audiences nationwide on a broad range of feminist topics. For over two decades, she has played a leading role in both national and state campaigns to win women’s rights legislation and in a number of landmark state and federal court cases for women’s rights.