The shooting in Las Vegas happened over a week ago. Yet already it has fallen from the headlines. We must make sure it does not fade from the memories of our members of Congress as well.
We need to keep calling about our desire for sensible gun regulations until Congress does something about it. Thoughts and prayers are needed, but they won't keep us and our families safe from the next horrific mass shooting.
Our three suggestions on common sense gun regulations: ban bump stocks, keep silencers regulated, and highly regulate high-capacity magazines.
According to the news, the Las Vegas shooter had at least 17 high-powered rifles with him and a bump stock, which allows guns to fire more rapidly. Bump stocks are legal to buy, but illegal to use (which makes no sense whatsoever). There was some discussion a few days ago about banning the sale of bump stocks altogether – something even the NRA came out in support of – but it has faded from the headlines and likely from our Congressmen's minds.
The House was also set to vote on a law deregulating the sale of silencers, known as the "Hearing Protection Act". Allowing more widespread availability of silencers could potentially make mass killings even worse. Police and first responders often rely on the loud sound of gunfire to pinpoint where a shooter is, in order to neutralize them quickly and effectively. Survivors in Las Vegas were warned by the sound of gunshots. Congressmen at the ball field where Representative Scalise was shot were also alerted by the sound of gunshots.
High capacity magazines allow a gun to fire more than the usual maximum number of bullets, turning any gun into a deadly assault weapon. Assault weapons are not needed for self-protection or hunting; they're needed to kill as many people as you can as fast as you can.
It is no violation of the Second Amendment to demand common sense regulations over guns and weaponry. We demand our members of Congress see reason, so tragedies like Las Vegas can be prevented from happening again and again.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Kennedy and Cassidy; Representative Scalise or Representative Richmond
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-582; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Scalise: (202) 225-3015
Representative Richmond: (202) 225-6636
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. ONLY CALL YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVES. Be concise – the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer – they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal – call back later!
Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling today to urge Congress to pass common sense gun laws, such as extending background checks to gun shows and internet sales, and to allow record keeping and gun violence research. I also oppose the Hearing Protection Act, which would deregulate silencers, and I'm in favor of banning the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines to the public. These accessories serve only to make guns able to kill mass quantities of people, and they're not needed for self-protection or in hunting.
INSERT PERSONAL STORY HERE (such as, "I own a gun, but…")
There must be a bipartisan effort to pass common sense gun laws. Please let the Congressman know that I want him to begin working on this.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.