Reid: Senate could vote on gun measures as soon as Thursday.

It’s looking like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may bring new gun measures to a vote in the Senate as early as Thursday:

Reid said that he would move to cut off debate on a gun control law on Tuesday evening with hopes of beginning votes as soon as Thursday on existing Democratic legislation passed out of committee last month….

The Nevada senator’s position has been strengthen[ed] as a series of Republican senators – in the face of mounting pressure from President Barack Obama – have said they would not join with their more conservative colleagues to force Reid to produce a filibuster-proof 60 or more votes to move forward with debate on gun legislation.

Speaking on the Senate floor this morning, Reid invoked his own father’s suicide as he pressed for background checks:

“Sometimes people in a fit of passion will purchase the handgun to do bad things with it… even as my dad did, kill themselves. Waiting a few days helps. Requiring a simple background check every time a gun is sold is common sense.”

As of this day, Tuesday April 9, at least 3,346 Americans have been fatally shot since the Newtown massacre.

If you want to support the President and Senator Reid as they push for new gun measures, here are some simple ways to do that (and if you’ve already done this once, please do it again — they need to hear from us over and over):

  • Call the US Senate: 202-224-3121. If you’re not sure who your Senators are, find them by clicking here (if you’d rather send an email, you’ll find that information here, too).
  • Call the US House: 202-224-3121. If you’re not sure who your member of Congress is, find him or her by clicking here (if you’d rather send an email, you’ll find that information here, too).
  • Call the White House : 202-456-1111 Let President Obama know that  you support his efforts, and encourage him to continue to fight the fight.

Sample script/letter:

Hi, I’m calling from [location], and I just wanted to make sure that the President/Senator/Representative knows that I support the White House gun control initiative. I think the President’s plan, in particular the idea of background checks, is simple common sense, and I very much hope that the Senator/Representative will support/not block upcoming legislation.

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7 Comments

  1. I wish I could influence my Idaho senators and representatives. Alas, they’ve swallowed the nonsense about Constitutional Rights, which include having NO restrictions on their ability to carry and purchase guns. I’m hoping that Republicans from other states have more sense and sensitivity.

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    • I think what you can do in these cases is call to say “I know this is where the Senator/Representative stands, but as his/her constituent, I want to register the depth of my disappointment. These are common sense measures that will save lives, and it’s disturbing to me that he/she doesn’t understand that.” It’s important to let people know that their constituency is not all one-sided. [Just make sure you're super polite and nice to the staffer who answers! : )]

      And/or, at times like this, you can call and say “I understand that the Senator feels XYZ, but I do hope that he/she will not support a filibuster – whatever our elected leaders’ stands on these issues, we have a right to see the up or down vote that tells us what those stands are.”

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  2. Nichole Paradis

     /  April 10, 2013

    I just want to thank you, Emily, for your persistence on this! I keep meaning to call my reps, but kept putting it off. It’s been your regular reminders that urged me to finally act. Thank you!!

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    • Thank you so much for telling me! The simple truth is that this is how life works – we all have a lot on our plates and our minds, and even with the best of intentions, stuff gets forgotten or time runs out. We can only keep plugging along. Thank you! [And don't forget to tell your friends to call, too! : )]

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  3. One hopes that even the “91-percent-of-Americans-agree-with-it” push for universal background checks – as close to a no-brainer we should have about gun safety – will get at least that passed. It won’t entirely stop gun deaths but ought to reduce the risks.

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  4. Rochelle Eissenstat

     /  April 11, 2013

    I am the daughter of holocaust survivors; I grew up in a community of holocaust survivors. Do you know why Jews were so successfully forced to their deaths in such huge numbers? Because they were not allowed to own guns – the vulnerability of JEWS throughout Europe were due not only to pervasive rejection & prejudice by the surrounding people but also to the bald fact that they alone could not possess any guns. I have witnessed testimony from partisans in the forests of Lithuania & Poland during WWII describe the vital importance of somehow obtaining a gun. My own parents needed, longed for guns. The Warsaw Ghetto fighters managed to fight the Nazis for longer than the entire Polish army fended them off at the Nazi invasion with a paltry few guns but could not have attempted at all without them. Guns guarantee freedom and sometimes the ability to defend your life.

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