Tell Congress: "Don't be cowed by the gun lobby! Let's get moooving on gun safety!"
In April, five – just five – votes prevented the bill to strengthen background checks on gun purchases from moving forward. Polls conducted shortly after the vote in such states as Alaska, Arizona, Nevada and Ohio found that the U.S. Senators who opposed passing background checks for gun purchases suffered immediate declines in their approval ratings. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire saw her favorability numbers plummet by a whopping 15 points. The backlash against Arizona’s Sen. Jeff Flake was so great that on his Facebook page he admitted that his vote helped place him “somewhere just below pond scum.”
Clearly some Senators were more concerned about special interests than they were about the fact that more than 90% of the American people support background checks for gun purchases.
Well, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on gun policy reform again in the next few months, and several U.S. Senators are said to be having second thoughts about their "no" votes.
MomsRising and our moms in the Washington, DC Metro Area are planning a little bovine-themed trip to Capitol Hill in a few weeks to let U.S. Senators know how udderly committed we are to passing background checks for all gun purchases. We'll be using humor to break through the partisan gridlock and garner the attention of leaders and the media – and we'll be putting on cow ears to bring your messages, signatures and thoughts, along with some adorable kids dressed up in cow costumes, directly to leaders in Congress.
*So don't forget to put your name on our open letter to Congress to help them get moooving on passing background checks: