In 2004, the NRA successfully pressured the Republican-controlled government into not renewing the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. The ban had worked to protect lives: after it expired the number of gun massacre deaths (which had decreased over 40% during the ban) jumped nearly 2.5 fold.
Gun violence experts are now renewing their calls for a nationwide ban on these types of weapons - and Americans agree - recent polls show at least 60% of Americans support a nationwide assault weapons ban. In response, Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation to ban assault weapons (S.66). This bill would ban future sales of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, including the AR-15 which has been the weapon of choice in many recent gun massacres, such as Parkland, Las Vegas, and Newtown.
Legislators must act now before any more lives are needlessly lost.
TWO CALLS TO MAKE: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Baton Rouge: 225-929-7711; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-277-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176; Lafayette: 337-261-1400; Shreveport: 318-798-3215
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
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I’m calling today to ask the senator to support S.66, which would ban the future sales of military-style assault weapons. We cannot afford to wait any longer to protect innocent lives from gun massacres.
Thank you for all your hard work answering phones.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.