ACTION ALERT: Ban the "Gun-Show Loophole"
April 24, 2010
Bob Fertik / Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Eleven years ago this week, twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School. Two of the weapons used in that shooting were bought as a result of the Gun Show Loophole that enables firearms to be purchased without a background check. A coalition of more than 500 mayors dedicated to keeping criminals from illegally obtaining firearms -- is campaigning to demand that Washington block the Loophole.
(April 2, 2010) -- As we commemorate the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech, we are reminded that legislative action is long overdue.
More and more innocent victims of gun violence are hurt or killed every day. Tell Congress to take action and close the Gun Show Loophole.
Eleven years ago this week, twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School.
Two of the weapons used in that shooting were bought as a result of the Gun Show Loophole -- a gap in our nation's gun laws that enables firearms to be purchased without a background check.
In the wake of Columbine, elected officials from both parties pledged to take action and close the Gun Show Loophole. But eleven years later, the Loophole is still open.
You can make sure we don't have to wait any longer. Mayors Against Illegal Guns -- a coalition of more than 500 mayors dedicated to keeping criminals from illegally obtaining firearms -- is launching www.CloseTheLoophole.org and gathering signatures to demand that Congress and President Obama finally step up and close the Gun Show Loophole.
Last week brought another tragic anniversary. On April 16, just three years ago, 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Despite a history of mental illness, the shooter was able to pass a background check and purchase a gun. After discovering these facts, the independent commission that reviewed the attack unambiguously recommended closing several gaps in the federal background check system -- including the Gun Show Loophole.
And sure enough, our Senators and Representatives promised that -- this time -- they would close the loopholes that allowed such a tragedy to occur.
It's been three years since Virginia Tech, and eleven years to the day since Columbine. It's time to learn the lesson of these shootings by trying to stop such an attack from ever happening again.
Please add your name and demand that Congress close the Gun Show Loophole:
This week, let's speak out together and make a call for action that is long overdue.
Thank you for adding your voice to this important fight,
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
P.S. -- It's going to take all of us standing together to close the Gun Show Loophole. Please forward this email to your friends, family, and colleagues and ask them to stand with you today by signing the petition at www.CloseTheLoophole.org
The Gun Show Loophole demonstrates a dangerous gap in our nation's gun laws. Professional gun dealers must run criminal background checks on gun purchasers, but private sellers at gun shows are not subject to these laws. With more than 30% of illegal gun trafficking happening at gun shows, it is imperative that Congress pass legislation to protect its citizens.
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Over the past decade, our nation has seen a dramatic increase in gun violence. All four guns used in the Columbine mass shootings were bought from private sellers at gun shows -- and a background check was not required at the time of purchase. The recent shooting of Pentagon police officers also involved gun show firearms. Enough is enough -- it's time to protect American citizens and subject gun show dealers to the same laws as other firearm distributors.
As a concerned citizen, I stand with over 500 mayors from all across America in asking Congress to step up and close the Gun Show Loophole. It is critical that criminal background checks are conducted on all purchasers at gun shows -- including people who buy from private sellers.
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Mayors Against Illegal Guns is fighting to close the Gun Show Loophole, a serious gap in our nation's gun laws that enables firearms to be purchased without a background check. Sign up here to learn how you can help close this loophole which has resulted in countless shootings -- including those at Columbine.