We Need More Than “Thoughts And Prayers,” We Need A Vote On Gun Control

Excerpt from: CREDO Action

Stop the NRA

Each time there’s a mass shooting, many pro-NRA members of Congress offer their “thoughts and prayers” to the friends and families of the victim. They respond to the tragedy while it’s in the news but never make any sincere effort to enact systemic reform.

Americans are ready for a change. They are ready to implement commonsense gun control regulations that save lives.1 Unfortunately, the Republican politicians who control Congress are only ready for business as usual. They are so beholden to the National Rifle Association that they block any reforms from even coming up for debate, much less a vote.

It’s time for Congress to consider a meaningful package of gun control reforms, including an assault weapons ban and universal background checks, but breaking the NRA’s chokehold on Congress will require massive amounts of grassroots pressure.

Politicians are accustomed to getting away with giving the NRA their votes while offering the families of the victims of gun violence nothing more than tweets about “thoughts and prayers.” These politicians will have to feel enormous pressure from hundreds of thousands of people demanding a change if we’re going to beat the NRA.

There are range of gun control reforms that would make a real difference in reducing gun violence and making Americans safer — requiring universal background checks including closing the gun show loophole, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and ending legal protections currently given to gun makers.

The NRA and its backers in Congress know that a real conversation about gun violence in America would lead to real change. It’s why they go to such extreme lengths to stop that conversation from happening. Now is the time to pressure Republican leaders in Congress to follow-up their thoughts and prayers with legislative action.

Instead of taking action to protect Americans from gun violence, the only action Congressional Republican leadership has taken is to protect their friends in the NRA.

  • In 2004, Congress let the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines sunset. In 2005, Congress passed a law that gave gun makers and gun dealers a powerful protection that most other industries don’t have — immunity from liability for crimes committed with their weapons.
  • For nearly 20 years, NRA lobbyists have worked with pro-NRA politicians to ban the Centers for Disease Control from funding research on gun violence. The NRA’s lobbying has also banned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from releasing crime-gun trace data to researchers and academics, keeping them away from valuable data that could help us understand and prevent gun violence.2

We’ve had enough of a Congress beholden to the NRA. Demand Republican Congressional leaders respond to gun violence with action, not just “thoughts and prayers,” and bring real gun control legislation to the floor for a vote.

  • Tell Republican congressional leadership:
    “It’s time to put your constituents before the NRA. Bring real gun control legislation to the floor of the House and the Senate.”
  • Go to the link below to sign the petition:


Thanks for helping to break the NRA’s chokehold on Congress.

Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

“A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths,” Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, 10/3/2015.

“In First Post-Charleston Gun Vote, Congress Preserves CDC Research Ban,” Jennifer Mascia, The Trace, 06/24/2015.

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