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U.S. Senate: After Atlanta, fight racism and gun violence and pass universal background checks!
In light of the horrific violence against Asian American women in Atlanta, the U.S. Senate must act now to stop gun violence, starting with the small first step of strengthening background checks on gun sales. It must vote on and pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (HR8) and the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 (HR1446, Charleston Loophole) as soon as possible.
Why is this important?
The Atlanta mass shooting that resulted in the death of eight people -- six of whom were Asian American women -- again proves that Americans can no longer wait for action against gun violence and hate.
In 2020 alone, as though the pandemic weren't already too much to bear, gun violence rose dramatically with over 19,000 people killed in shootings and firearm-related incidents.
Tragically, who is harmed by gun violence has long been determined by race, ethnicity, or gender.
Asian American women -- and everyone -- deserve to feel safe. While we mourn the Atlanta shootings, we must also fight the explosive combination of guns, racism, and misogyny to reduce the likelihood of such tragedies ever happening again.
The U.S. House recently passed gun legislation to tighten up background checks on gun sales, and now it’s up to the U.S. Senate to turn it into law. Tell the U.S. Senate to act against gun violence now and pass universal background checks.