Call Of The Day: Support The Disarm Hate Act

Support the Disarm Hate Act committed (https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hcs1317pp.pdf) against communities of color, religious minorities, LGBTQ people, and other minority groups. Guns are a common weapon of hate: from 2010 to 2016, more than fifty thousand hate crimes involved a firearm. Yet, because of a dangerous loophole in federal law, people convicted of hate crimes can legally purchase and possess firearms in many states.  Federal law prohibits people convicted of felonies or domestic violence-related misdemeanors from owning guns. However, this restriction does not apply to individuals convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes. Consequently, amid a mass shooting crisis and a consecutive three-year increase in the frequency of hate crimes, people with histories of hate-motivated threats and violence continue to easily obtain deadly weapons.

The Disarm Hate Act (H.R. 2708/S. 1462) would close the hate crime loophole by prohibiting individuals convicted of violent hate crime misdemeanors from purchasing and possessing firearms. Introduced by Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the Disarm Hate Act is currently in committee in both the House and the Senate. Call your representative now to demand support for this bill, a critical step towards preventing the growing spread of violence against our communities.

Three calls to make:  Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise

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

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
OR
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

Sample script:

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 to urge the [ senator to support S. 1462 / representative to support H.R. 2708 ], the Disarm Hate Act. Individuals convicted of hate crime misdemeanors should not be able to possess firearms. This bill is a critical step towards preventing the growing spread of gun-related violence against our communities.

Thank you for your time and attention.

This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.