Town Hall Toolkit

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Congress is on recess. Make sure they hear you.

When our Members of Congress return home for recess, we have the opportunity to make our voices heard. Americans in every corner of our country are demanding stronger gun laws. The House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, but Senate leadership refuses to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. From background checks to gun violence research to the Violence Against Women Act, both chambers of Congress have the opportunity to make our communities safer from gun violence. It’s on us to make sure they do.

Use these resources to hold your elected officials accountable:

Town Hall Cheat Sheet

We teamed up with the Town Hall Project and March for Our Lives to bring you the Town Hall Cheat Sheet. This database compiles the latest information on NRA grades, gun lobby contributions, and positions on key issues like background checks and the Violence Against Women Act.

This is your one stop shop for information on where your leaders stand:

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Town Hall Questions

Is your member of Congress holding a town hall? We’ve compiled a few questions on key issues you can use to ask your leaders their views directly.

General

Every day, 100 Americans die from gun violence. Americans know tragedy all too well—from mass shootings at Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, and Parkland, to the daily gun violence that disproportionately impacts communities of color. What are you doing to keep our community safe from gun violence?

Gun Violence Research

Nearly 40,000 Americans were killed by guns in 2017. That’s a public health and safety crisis that threatens children and families nationwide. From car crashes to heart disease, the federal government funds research into every other phenomenon that kills so many Americans. But for more than two decades, there has been virtually no funding for gun violence research. Will you commit to supporting funding for gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH)?

Universal Background Checks

For Representatives:
Why is it so important that the House passed universal background checks? How will this policy help reduce gun violence? What can we do to encourage the Senate to pass universal background checks legislation?

For Senators:
A strong bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives recently passed background checks for all gun sales. More than 90% of Americans consistently support universal background checks. Will you commit to supporting universal background checks in the Senate, and what are you doing to pressure Majority Leader McConnell to bring the bill to the floor for a vote?

Violence Against Women Act

For Representatives:
A few weeks ago, the House reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. This bill included provisions to ensure domestic abusers and convicted stalkers cannot have or buy guns. Why is this so important? What are you doing to urge the Senate to take up the House-passed bill?

For Senators:
The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely the woman will die. A few weeks ago, the House passed a bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. This bill included critical provisions to close loopholes in our gun laws by ensuring domestic abusers and convicted stalkers cannot have or buy guns. Will you commit to supporting the House-passed bill that includes these provisions?

Sample Social Media

Share these posts on social media to draw attention to your elected officials’ relationships with the NRA and their positions on key bills.

Are you holding your lawmakers accountable?

Check out this tool from @giffordscourage, @AMarch4OurLives & @townhallproject that lets you check their NRA grade, total gun lobby contributions & positions on key gun safety bills ⬇ http://giffords.me/townhalltoolkit

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My [representative/senator] [insert twitter handle] has an [insert rating] from the NRA and has taken [insert dollar amount] from the gun lobby.

Who is your member working for: you or the gun lobby? Find out with this new tool from @giffordscourage, @AMarch4OurLives & @townhallproject ⬇ http://giffords.me/townhalltoolkit