Where will the next mass shooting take place?
In an elementary school—like Robb Elementary, where 19 students and two adults were killed? In a supermarket—like Tops Friendly Market, where 10 shoppers, all Black, were killed by a man inflamed by racist, white supremacist hatred?
In a church? In a movie theater? In a nightclub? In a Walmart?
We don’t know where, but tragically, we know that there will be another mass shooting—and another, and another, and another—if our federal and state governments continue to be held in the clutches of the gun lobby and its Republican henchmen.
You can bet it will happen. That an AR-15 or a similar military-grade assault weapon will be involved. And that Republican politicians, who pocket money from the gun industry while blocking any and all commonsense gun safety legislation, will offer empty “thoughts and prayers.”
And it will keep happening until we—the overwhelming majority of Americans from all walks of life and all political stripes who support commonsense gun laws—act together to confront the NRA, break their stranglehold on politicians, force politicians to vote, and hold them accountable for the outcome.
More than 100,000 have called for the NRA to cancel its convention—a “celebration” of gun culture—that will feature Donald Trump and leading Republicans, including Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz, in Texas this weekend. That’s right: In the state where 19 4th graders and two teachers were just massacred by an 18-year-old with an AR-15.
We’re lifting up the voices of Texas MoveOn members, supporting those who will protest the NRA convention, and investing in highly visible ads and whatever else it takes to draw attention to the Republicans’ sick devotion to the gun lobby.
In addition, more than 80,000 MoveOn members have demanded the Senate stay in session to pass gun laws that have been waiting for a vote for years, instead of taking a 10-day recess. House Democrats have already passed popular, commonsense, impactful bills—and the Senate needs to do the same.
That’s why we’re calling on Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, not to let the Senate go home—and not to let Senate Republicans race to the death cult gathering in Houston—without being forced to vote on reining in assault weapons and senseless death and destruction.
And while supporting tactics in Texas and in Washington, D.C., we’re also planning to support national actions in the weeks ahead to raise the voices of those of us—the vast majority of Americans—who are demanding political leaders act to break the hold of the NRA and pass laws that will save lives.