April 18, 2013
Watching the Senate vote to crush meaningful gun violence legislation was gut-wrenching.
If you're angry the Senate could be so cowardly, you're not alone. If you're saddened that our nation's families are no safer today, so am I. And if you're baffled how the will of 90% of Americans could be ignored, I'm right there with you.
But if you're discouraged and ready to quit -- don't be. Because we're sure as hell not done yet.
Yesterday's vote put the full dysfunction of Washington on display. It's not even cliche to say Congress is broken -- it's just a fact. But there is still a place for great work to be done, progress to be made, and victories to be won: In statehouses and local communities across the country. That's where the future of the progressive movement lies, and that's where DFA is focusing more than ever.
Now it's time to take the Republicans on where we can make the biggest impact -- donate $4 or more to build our statewide campaigns.
The building blocks are already in place. DFA members are engaging on issues and local campaigns in all fifty states. We're fighting to protect public education in Florida, to prevent fracking in California, and yes, passing stronger gun violence laws in states like Colorado.
And through our Purple to Blue project, DFA is laying the foundation for long-term change. The only way to fix Washington is to start reclaiming the states -- we're starting that process now in Virginia, and over the next few years will be investing unprecedented resources into flipping vulnerable districts and states.
Don't get me wrong: Democracy for America will continue to fight for working families in Washington. From protecting Social Security to passing comprehensive climate change legislation, there are plenty of battles to be won in DC. But we won't let Washington's gridlock stand in the way of the progress we know is necessary -- and within our reach.
Yesterday's vote was a major disappointment, but it wasn't the end. Not even close.
If you're ready to keep fighting, pitch in $4 or more right now.
April 17, 2013
Moments ago, the U.S. Senate rejected the Manchin-Toomey amendment failing to expand background checks on all gun purchases.
Here's Democracy for America's (DFA) response to the Senate's failure to lead:
"Democrats who were too cowardly to get on the right side of a 90-10 issue like universal background checks better believe that the progressives will remember their spinlessness on gun violence prevention come reelection time. The over 1 million members of Democracy for America nationwide work to elect progressive fighters, not U.S. Senators who can be cowed by the right-wing fringe and gun industry lobbyists like the NRA." -- Neil Sroka, Communications Director, Democracy for America
Details about Democracy for America & the fight for comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation:
- Nearly 83,000 individuals have signed DFA's petition supporting an Assault Weapons Ban.
- DFA placed its "John Deserves a Vote" ad on the Sunday shows in DC following the President's State of the Union push against gun violence.
- DFA members have made 1000s of calls to their Senators to support gun violence prevention legislation in the four months since Newtown.
- Founded by Gov. Howard Dean in 2004, DFA has over 1 million members nationwide.
March 22, 2013
The United States has 58,344 Federally Licensed Gun Dealers. That's nearly twice the number of post offices.
See how many gun dealers are in your state here:
Background Checks are Quick and Easy -- And They Save Lives.
Under current law, federally licensed gun dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks for all gun sales. However, private sellers can sell guns without background checks, no questions asked.
We need to close this dangerous loophole in our federal gun laws. Under the Senate Background Checks Bill (S.374), if you want to sell your gun, you'll simply meet your buyer at a local gun store and the store will conduct the background check on the buyer. The gun lobby has argued that it is inconvenient to the point of being unreasonable for gun owners to require a background check for every private sale. But the facts make it clear that no matter where you live in America, getting a background check is quick and easy.
How do you feel about America's gun industry? We want to hear from you in the comments.
March 12, 2013
Senate Panel passes 2 more measures, postpones 1
Efforts to reduce gun violence made some headway today on the Senate panel. In the wake of the deadly shooting in Newtown, CT the push for new gun laws has been stronger than ever. Today the committee convened and voted 10-8 (with all Republicans opposed) on the measure to expand a requirement of background checks for gun sales between private parties. The committee also approved a measure providing $40 million a year to school safety programs in a bipartisan vote 14-4. In addition, last week, a vote 11-7 made “straw” purchases (aka gun trafficking) a federal crime that will carry long prison terms into the bill.
Yet the proposed ban on assault weapons and a limit on high capacity ammunition magazines was postponed—however, not indefinitely—Committee Chair Patrick Leahy of Vermont said he expects the panel to move on such a bill by the end of the week. Proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the assault weapons ban under consideration would ban 157 types of military assault weapons. Unfortunately, this measure faces strong opposition from the NRA and many senators—including some Democrats from “pro-gun” states.
Furthermore, according to the Associated Press, “Leaders of the GOP-run House have said the will wait to act until the Senate passes legislation. House Republicans have expressed little interest in requiring background checks for private sales.”
However, USA Today reports “Sen. Charles Schumer, said he is work with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va) and Sen. Mark Kirk (D-IL) on retooling the background check bill so that it might attract bipartisan support when it is considered on the Senate floor.
What do you think about the gun violence prevention bill? At Democracy for America we want to here from you. Please, write your stance on gun violence prevention in the comments.
March 7, 2013
GABBY GIFFORDS: Be bold. Be courageous. Please support background checks.
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Astronaut Mark Kelly and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords continue their fight against gun violence today in the place where Giffords was shot just two years ago. The couple has vowed not to stop or slow down their efforts till something is done. They have met with many members of Congress and the Senate. They have visited the White House—including the State of the Union. They have formed a political action group and have continued to put forth powerful ads. Even 'A rated' NRA politicians can agree, background checks will definitely make an impact and help fight for gun safety. In the video, Kelly responds that he and Gabby have both spoken with their Senator in Arizona, John McCain and are confident he will lead and do the right thing.
The National Rifle Association has blocked research for too long. We must continue to push effort for better prevention against gun violence now. Congress needs to act today. Join DFA and call upon our representatives to take action.
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