Senate vote Wednesday afternoon on gun purchase background checks – CALL YOUR SENATORS.

Moment Of Truth: Senate To Vote On Background Checks

It’s a moment of truth for the centerpiece of Congress’s efforts to curb gun violence — the first major effort in nearly two decades. Defeat would be a huge blow to the cause and to the families of the Newtown, Conn. shooting victims who have urged Washington to act.

Call them, call them, call them – and if you’ve already done this once, please do it again, even if your Senators are Republicans and you know they’re opposed. They need to hear from us over and over – nearly 3,500 Americans have been fatally shot since the Newtown massacre on December 14.

  • 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).
  • 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 scripts/letters:

  1. When speaking with a Senator who’s opposed to the bill: “Hi, I’m calling from [location], and though I know that the Senator doesn’t plan to vote in favor of background checks, I wanted to make sure s/he knows that I support the bill currently being considered in the Senate. Background checks are nothing more than basic common sense, and having them in place could have saved some of the nearly 3,500 Americans who have been fatally shot since Newtown. I very much hope that the Senator will reconsider his/her position.”
  2. When speaking with a Senator who supports the bill or may be on the fence: ”Hi, I’m calling from [location], and I just wanted to make sure that the Senator 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 will vote for the Senate bill in question.”

h/t TPM


  1. Ethan Sewall

     /  April 17, 2013

    Sure, I support background checks, but this whole thing is just an example of how lame our government is and how lame their responses to issues are. Background checks wouldn’t have stopped that kid from killing those children in Newtown, because he took his kindergarten teacher mother’s guns. We need to do much more. But much more doesn’t involve outlawing guns. It involves making people make better choices. That woman had to have her guns under lock and key so her son couldn’t get them. If she did, she might still be alive today, and so might some of those kids. That involves educating people, which entails having a national gun license that both enhances people’s rights to own and carry guns and keeps guns out of the hands of the wrong people. But that is so far from possible with the current political class. We need ecumenical humanist behavioral, cultural and political revolutions.

  2. Bob Jones' Neighbor

     /  April 17, 2013

    Vote looks like a loser. Republicans running away, accompanied by 5 or 6 Democrats.

  3. Did not get enough votes to pass Cloture.

    Cloture requirement and filibustering on legislation needs to die a quick painful death. WE WILL NEVER GET ANOTHER DECENT BILL PASSED IN OUR LIFETIMES WITH THAT DAMNED FILIBUSTER.

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