The calls, letters and visits into Senate offices from gun violence prevention advocates are working! Today, a majority of U.S. Senators voted to move legislation forward that would help protect our patients, our families and our communities from gun violence. Overcoming a filibuster with a 68-31 vote, the historic gun violence prevention legislation cleared its first hurdle in the Senate. Victims of gun violence, family members and advocates praised this first major step forward.
The next step for gun violence prevention legislation is expected early next week when the Senate will take up the bipartisan compromise amendment on background checks announced on Wednesday by Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Toomey (R-PA).
A final Senate vote is not expected for another week or possibly longer. Contentious debate is expected on issues ranging from banning military assault weapons, regulating magazine size, reducing gun trafficking, improving school security, to the strengthening of background check provisions.
The threat of filibuster is not entirely gone. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to force more cloture votes as he did today in order to keep this historic debate moving forward. Advocates are encouraged to continue to make their voices heard on this important issue during the coming critical weeks.
For more info about specific Senators who voted on today’s filibuster, check out today’s article from The Hill: “Senate moves forward on gun control”
For more resources and action opportunities related to this important project, please visit: www.npalliance.org/gun-violence-prevention
- Read NPA Letter to U.S. Senators–Urging Vote for Commonsense Gun Laws
(Letter to Senator Reid linked here, individualized letters were sent to each senator)
- Get involved with NPA efforts to prevent gun violence
- Share Your Story – tell your clinical or personal story about gun violence