‘People are fed up’: After El Paso and Dayton shootings, gun-control groups seize momentum

‘People are fed up’: After El Paso and Dayton shootings, gun-control groups seize momentum

Gun Rights

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Vice President Christian Heyne, left, holds a photograph of him and his mother who was a victim of gun violence as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., right, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., and others, hold a news conference calling for Senate action on H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (Andrew Harnik/AP) Nearly two weeks after back-to-back mass shootings killed at least 31 people and injured dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, gun-control groups are pushing lawmakers to act on long-dormant gun-reform measures. And this time, activists say momentum is on their side. That’s thanks in large part to a burst of grassroots organizing around the country. About 20,000 members of the Brady Campaign have called, emailed or collected signatures over the last two weeks asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to call the Senate back from recess to take emergency action on gun reform bills. This weekend, thousands of volunteers with Moms Demand Action, the grassroots arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, will hold rallies in all 50 states to urge senators to expand background-check laws and “red flag laws," which would allow law enforcement or others to take a person’s firearms away if they are deemed a danger. Public support for gun control has grown over the last decade, making the movement more palatable, activists say. But anger in the wake of […]

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