Saturday, January 21, 2017

Gun Safety Weekly Report

Don’t Let the NRA Murder Elephants.
Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect critically endangered elephants from NRA-encouraged poaching.

The NRA is not only demanding their right to kill elephants, but encouraging it among hunters and ivory traders. Elephants are almost completely gone from this world due to the ivory trade, which still exists in some areas of the world despite our greatest efforts to eliminate it for good. Millions of elephants have had their lives taken just for a single part of their body, just so greedy traders can make money off of it.

We cannot allow the NRA to get away with this. Elephants do not deserve to be killed just so people can make money off of them, and the NRA must be stopped in their continued murder of these creatures and their encouragement of others to do the same. There are roughly 415,000 elephants left in this world compared to the millions at the beginning of the 20th century. This shrinking number is not just due to elephants dying out of old age, this is them being murdered for their ivory and unable to repopulate their species.

We need to act quickly in order to save these poor creatures. We must continue to fight and put a stop to the ivory trade before it is too late. Sign this petition to demand the NRA stop their fight for and encouragement of poaching.

Gun violence is a women's issue. Here's why:

  • American women are 16 times more likely to be killed with a gun than in other high-income countries
  • In an average month, 50 women are shot to death by a current or former partner in the United States
  • Approximately 4.5 million American women have been threatened with guns, and guns are the weapon of choice in domestic violence murders
That's why next weekend, hundreds of Everytown and Moms Demand Action volunteers are converging on Washington, D.C. to join the Women's March.

We're marching because the NRA's agenda is a direct threat to women everywhere. Their leadership has a history of misogyny -- from describing women as "b*tches" and "c*nts" to downplaying rape [1] -- and their policies make it easy for domestic abusers to get their hands on guns. And now that they've spent millions on Trump's election, they're emboldened to push their deadly agenda more than ever.

Even if you can't march with us, you can still fight back against the NRA's agenda and speak out about gun violence against women. Here's how:

Show your solidarity with the marchers and help raise awareness with our Women's March pins. Proceeds go to our fight to prevent gun violence against women.

Shop our Women's March pins
Supporters across the country will be marching in their cities -- RSVP to attend a Sister March in your community.
Attend a Women's March
Join our fight to end gun violence on the ground by volunteering with your local chapter of Moms Demand Action.
Volunteer with your local chapter
We're facing the biggest challenge yet to our movement, but we won't back down -- and with supporters like you by our side, I know we can win.

Senator Chris Murphy: You can't say definitively today that guns shouldn't be in schools?
Education Secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos: I would imagine there is probably a gun in a school to protect from potential grizzlies.

This quote is getting a lot of attention, Don, but the important part isn't what DeVos said about grizzlies -- it's what she said about guns.

Guns don't belong in our kids' schools. Period.

Yet President-elect Trump has vowed to force guns into schools on Day One of his presidency -- and his nominee for Secretary of Education said last night "I will support whatever the President-elect does" with regard to banning gun-free school zones. [2]

This is extremely dangerous stuff, Don. We need leaders who will fight to keep our kids safe from gun violence -- not force guns into their classrooms.

Click here to automatically add your name and tell the Senate to keep guns OUT of our kids' schools.

Tell the Senate: Keep guns out of our kids' schools
Right now, four states are considering legislation that would force guns into schools. And everywhere the NRA is pushing their dangerous guns-in-schools agenda, we're right there fighting back.
Why? Because when we kiss our children goodbye in the morning, we shouldn't have to worry about whether or not they'll be safe from gun violence. Because our kids should go to school to learn how to read and write, not how to duck and cover. Because we shouldn't expect teachers to stand up to armed gunmen simply because our elected officials won't stand up to the NRA.

Automatically add your name and tell the Senate that guns have no place in our kids' schools.

Home intruder gets shot gets by off-duty cop after breaking into Ohio home

We're now facing an uphill battle, one we can't fight without the support of people like you. It's going to take millions of us -- everyday Americans who refuse to accept that kids getting shot at school or at the movies is simply the new normal -- stepping up and speaking out.

Pledge your support with a sustained gift of $5 a month to support our work holding the line against the NRA's agenda.
Stand with us against extremism
And in case you forgot, here's a quick refresher of the promises President Trump has made to his friends over at the NRA: He's pledged to force guns into schools, and he's promised to "unsign" President Obama's executive actions cracking down on illegal gun trafficking.The NRA spent more money to elect Trump than any other outside group -- and they're going to expect a return on their investment. Their top priority? An extremely dangerous bill that would force all 50 states to allow violent criminals to carry hidden, loaded guns on our streets.

We've got our work cut out for us, but I have absolutely no doubt that we will win. We've triumphed over the odds before, and we'll do it again. We've always been the David to the NRA's Goliath -- and time and time again, we've proven that when everyday Americans come together and speak out, we win. But that can only happen if people like you stand with us.

Commit to this fight against "guns everywhere" extremism over the next four years.

1, 2. "Betsy DeVos, Trump's education pick, lauded as bold reformer, called unfit for job," Emma Brown, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, and Moriah Balingit. The Washington Post, January 17 2017.