Obama on gun control: “I can’t do it alone. I need your help.” (Re-up)

The President is going to try to get gun control legislation passed before the end of the month.

As citizens of a democracy, it’s our job to tell our elected representatives what we want done in our names: Please call the White House (202-456-1111) to tell the President that you support him, and call your Senators and Representative (202-224-3121) to tell them that you want new gun laws. If you aren’t sure who your Senators are, click here; if you’re not sure who your Representative is, click here.

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Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association put on a dog and pony on the Friday before Christmas in which he blamed everything on Earth for gun violence, other than actual guns (including, but not limited to, a shortage of guns). While he was doing this – literally, as Wayne LaPierre was talking — three people were killed and three wounded by a lone shooter in Pennsylvania; the injured were all armed state troopers; the assailant is also dead.

Earlier that day, though, President Obama responded to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have signed We the People petitions calling for sensible gun control (video below). He said:

I can’t do it alone. I need your help. If we’re going to succeed, it’s going to take a sustained effort from mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement and responsible gun owners, organizing, speaking up, calling their members of Congress as many times as it takes, standing up and saying: Enough, on behalf of all our kids. That’s how change happens. Because of committed Americans who work to make it happen. Because of you.

Please call your US Representative and your Senators - here’s that number again: 202-224-3121 – and tell them that you support sensible gun control legislation. I just called my Republican Senator a second time (my Democratic Senator and Democratic Congressman are among the legislature’s most progressive members, so I’ve only called them once) and the very friendly and helpful staffer asked me what I meant by “sensible gun control.” Here’s what I mentioned:

  • An automatic weapons ban
  • A limit on magazine capacity
  • Background checks
  • A national gun registry

These things strike me as straight-up common sense, which is what I said on the phone. It just makes sense to say to someone “I’m going to do a background check on you before I sell you this deadly weapon.” I made a point of saying that I have no issue with responsible gun owners, hunters and so on, people who use and store their weapons in a responsible manner, and when I was done, the staffer said “Thank you very much. The Senator will get this message this afternoon.”

As the President said: This is how change happens.

Please, please, please – CALL THEM: 202-224-3121

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A couple of useful resources:

1) from Mother Jones: Do Armed Civilians Stop Mass Shooters? Actually, No.

2) from the Washington Post:  Ten-country comparison suggests there’s little or no link between video games & gun murders.

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3 Comments

  1. Jueseppi B.

     /  January 6, 2013

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    This is my number two most passionate cause to save MY America. Thank you Ms. Emily L. Hauser, for this post.

  2. Darth Thulhu

     /  January 7, 2013

    That first infographic, pointing out what “equalizing” car and gun control would look like, is key. Clear, precise, reasonable *specifics* like that are what gun control advocates need to make known as their legislative priority.

    The NRA’s relentless press machine, combined with the usual lefty fecklessness and disarray, constantly leave “gun control” measures ill-defined and vague and easy to scaremonger. Amorphous venting about banning “assault weapons” and passing around ignorant pictures of guns with military aesthetics (divorced from actual capacities) make the NRA’s argument for it.

    The NRA relentlessly argues that all gun control efforts, regardless of details, are Trojan horses for weapons bans. They stoke lockstep opposition among casual enthusiasts and rural hunters by pointing out the nebulousness and disarray and vagueness and scattershot consequences of laws like the Brady bill and any given public outcry, using all of that to amplify fears of mass recalls and citywide bans.

    Best way to stop that fearmongering in its tracks? Infographics like up top. No one seriously proposes outlawing cars, even though cars kill thousands every year. But equally clearly, no one seriously proposes letting just anyone drive. A clear program for a straightforward nationwide licensing and insurance regime makes gun control seem regular and systematic, rather than haphazard and threatening.

    So more appeals and exhortations like that! Diffusing the fearmongering and providing clear and reasonable specifics is what it takes to get meaningful buy-in from the millions of gun owners who aren’t NRA acolytes. Those gun owners can bless and embrace a comprehensive regime, or kill it. They are the Americans we need to reach.

    Thank you so much for your passion on this.

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