45 SENATORS BLOCK BACKGROUND CHECKS

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MoveOn Reports:
Only a few months after Newtown, with 90% of the
American public in support, the Senate yesterday
blocked legislation guaranteeing background checks
for nearly all gun sales.1

Those 45 Senators held up safety for our children,
our families, our communities. And four of them
were Democrats.

They were scared of what the NRA might do if they
voted “yes.” It’s time for us to show them whom
they ought to be afraid of instead: If you stand
with the NRA against the families of murdered
children, against commonsense safety, against 90
percent of the public, then you don’t get to
stand for us anymore.

We’re raising a war chest to help strong pro-
gressive candidates who’ll stand up to the NRA
get into office from state legislatures on up
to the White House. You can bet that there are
a few names that won’t be on that list: Sena-
tors Mark Pryor (AK), Max Baucus (MT), Mark
Begich (AK), and Heidi Heitkamp (ND)—the four
Democrats who voted to filibuster background
checks.

As Gabby Giffords said in response to the
Senate’s vote,”Mark my words: if we cannot make
our communities safer with the Congress we have
now, we will use every means available to
make sure we have a different Congress,one
that puts communities’ interests ahead of
the gun lobby’s.”2

Why start now? Because the earlier we’re able
to support real progressives, the stronger we
can make their campaigns, and the better chance
we have to elect candidates who will listen to
the people, not the NRA.

But to have a fighting chance, we’re going to
need to raise enough to take on groups like
the NRA and show elected officials that they’re
better off standing with us than with gun lob-
byists.

Can you chip in $5 to help?

Thanks for all you do.

–Garlin, Susannah, Stefanie, Ilya, and the
rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Gun Control Effort Had No Real Chance,
Despite Pleas,” The New York Times, April 17, 2013

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=289161&id=66145-

19980072-jZUSmSx&t=4

2. “A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip,” The New
York Times, April 17, 2013

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=289162&id=66145-

19980072-jZUSmSx&t=5

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