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Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Petition to Tell Congress to Fix Gun Checks

 Petition for Better Background Checks!

The following message from Mayor Cory Booker and Mayors Against Illegal Guns has been sent to you via Mother Jones.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Tell Congress to Fix Gun Checks. Sign the Petition!Dear friend,Every day in America, 34 people are murdered with guns. Each death devastates a family and shatters a community.The recent tragedy in Tucson is no exception — it sent a shock wave across our country that united us in a moment of crisis and profound loss. Now, to honor those affected by gun violence, we must take action to stop this pattern of senseless shootings.America’s gun laws are designed to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, drug abusers, and other dangerous people. But the background check system these laws depend on is broken, making it far too easy for guns to end up in the wrong hands.In my city of Newark, we’ve shown how a dedicated police force and an engaged community can reduce gun crime and make it harder for dangerous people to get guns. But we need our leaders in Washington to step up and help us get the job done.That’s why I’m asking you to join 550 mayors from across the country in calling on Congress and President Obama to fix our broken background check system.Sign the petition to Fix Gun Checks and tell your elected officials where you stand.

The Tucson killer bought a gun despite a history of drug abuse and mental health issues. That is tragically reminiscent of Virginia Tech, where the shooter passed a background check even after a judge declared him mentally ill.

In fact, we’ve seen this kind of failure again and again. Dangerous people have slipped through the cracks in our gun laws ever since Congress passed the first Gun Control Act back in 1968, after the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.

It’s time for Congress to fix gun background checks and stem this tide of violence by taking two critical steps:

  • Get all the names of people who should be prohibited from buying guns into the background check system.
  • Require a background check for every gun sale in America.

Tell Congress to fix the broken background check system and keep our communities safe.

Together, let’s close out this 43-year struggle to keep dangerous people from getting guns.

Thanks for standing up,

Mayor Cory Booker


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