The Washington Post reports that President Obama will be introducing new gun control proposals “at midday Wednesday.”
The announcement, to be delivered at the White House, is also expected to include a slate of up to 19 executive actions [update: it turned out to be 23 - click here] that the Obama administration can take on its own to attempt to limit gun violence. The White House has invited key lawmakers as well as gun-control advocates to appear at Wednesday’s policy rollout, according to two officials who have been invited to the event.
Please tell Congress and the White House that you support sensible gun legislation.
Michael Dimock from Pew Research told NPR on Monday that “Gun rights advocates tend to be much more engaged…. 15% of gun rights advocates say they’ve contacted an elected official to address the issue; that’s twice the number that you have among gun control supporters.”
Please call your US Representative: 202-224-3121 (If you don’t know who that is, click here).
Please call your US Senators: 202-224-3121 (If you don’t know who that is, click here).
And please also call the White House – it really matters that President Obama be inundated with support on this, because he is fighting an uphill battle: 202-456-1111.
If you’re not sure what to say: All you really need to say is some version of “I’m calling from [location or zip code] and just wanted to make sure that the Senator/Representative/President knows that I support sensible gun legislation and I hope that Congress and the White House will work together to move forward on the issue.”
It’s my deep, deep hope that the former community organizer from Chicago will not simply address issues like assault weapons bans and magazine capacity but will also address the violence visited on our cities every day, where 1% of the population tends to be responsible for about 70% of shootings (for more on that, please click here), but I guess we’ll know more tomorrow. For the time being, let’s just make sure they know that we want to get the ball rolling.
PLEASE CALL THEM. And if you’ve called them already — please call them again.