So here we are again, with another mass casualty shooting –in fact, the largest in our long and very sad history of these events. Thoughts and prayers are definitely needed, but they are not enough.
According to early news reports, the shooter had at least 17 high-powered rifles with him, and recordings of the gunfire suggest at least one was an automatic weapon. All this, in a week in which the House was set to vote on a law deregulating silencers, known as The Hearing Protection Act.
Allowing widespread availability of silencers would make these 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 Steve Scalise was shot were also alerted by the sound of gunshots.
It is no violation of the Second Amendment to demand common-sense regulations over guns and weaponry. We must demand our members of Congress see reason, so tragedies like this can be prevented from happening again and again.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Cassidy and Kennedy; Representative Scalise OR Richmond
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Baton Rouge: (225) 929-7711; Lafayette: (337) 261-1400; Shreveport: (318) 798-3215; Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)
Senator John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE (504) 581-6190 (Other offices include: Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; and 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. 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 urge that Congress 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. In particular, I oppose the Hearing Protection Act, which would remove regulations on silencers. Survivors of mass shootings, like the one in Las Vegas, were only able to react to protect themselves when they heard gunfire.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.