It has been almost three weeks since the latest mass shooting in the U.S., and Congress has done nothing to stop the next one from happening.
Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers expressed their support for banning bump stocks, which is an accessory the Las Vegas shooter used to increase the fire rate of his semiautomatic weapons. Democrats introduced House and Senate bills (HR 3999 and S.1916, respectively) to ban bump stocks, and Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan bill in the House as well. But so far, nothing.
A bump stock ban is the kind of common sense gun control measure we must urge our members of Congress to support to prevent the next mass shooting.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Kennedy and Cassidy; Representative Cedric Richmond or Representative Steve Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC Office: (202) 224-5824; Metairie office: (504) 838-0130; Monroe Office: (318) 324-2111; Lake Charles Office: (337) 493-5398; Alexandria Office: (318) 448-7176
Senator John Kennedy - DC office: (202) 224-4623; New Orleans Office: (504) 581-6190; Lafayette Office: (337) 269-5980; Monroe Office: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria Office: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge Office: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport Office: (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 Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. 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 to express my support for [House: HR 3999; Senate: S.1916] to ban the use and sale of bump stocks, which effectively circumvent restrictions on automatic weapons. There is no legitimate reason a civilian should be able to convert a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.