In the wake of two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, and amidst a plague of gun violence that kills 30,000 Americans every year, House Republicans today forced through legislation that will make the situation significantly worse.
The legislation, passed largely along party lines, forces states to honor another state’s concealed carry permit, meaning states would lose the ability tell dangerous criminals within their boundaries that they cannot hide and carry a deadly weapon if they are able to get a license from another state.
“Georgia has no business, no right, to tell Colorado what its laws should be,” said Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO).
Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) added that the bill would “hamstring law enforcement and allow dangerous criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time. It’s unspeakable that this is Congress’ response to the worst gun tragedies in American history.”
This is only the latest instance in which Republicans have kowtowed to their NRA-backers to make a uniquely American crisis worse.
While NRA-funded Republican politicians have long parroted the lobbyists’ nonsensical rhetoric that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” the evidence flatly refutes their assertion.
Of the 30,000 gun deaths in America each year, precious few come at the hands of the so-called good guy, while the vast majority are accidents and suicides.
What these Republicans have no answer for is the three-year-old in Louisville, Kentucky who shot himself with his father’s gun, the five-year-old in Anchorage, Alaska who killed himself with a gun he found on a nightstand, the ten-year-old in Vicksburg, Virginia who shot herself with her cousin’s gun, or the 11-year-old in Atlanta who shot herself with a gun she found in her aunt’s car — all in the past six days.
Republicans have no answers to these questions, and too many Americans continue to look the other way even as Americans lose their lives unnecessarily on a daily basis.
We all need to demand answers. Call your Senators today at 202-224-3121 and demand they oppose the House’s conceal carry reciprocity bill and fight for common sense gun safety measures today.
As Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) pointed out, “If more guns made people safer, we’d be the safest country on earth. We’re far from it.”