Urge Congress to Act on Hate Crimes and Gun Control

In the aftermath of the shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, we mourn the loss of innocent lives and urge Congress to act to counter the increase in hate crimes and pass gun control laws that strengthen background checks and address the proliferation of semi-automatic assault weapons.

The U.S. Jewish community has also been recently victimized by gun violence, namely the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in October of 2018, and on the Chabad of Poway, California in March of 2019. Antisemitic hatred fueled both attacks.

Add your name to urge congressional action to address hate crimes and enact gun control.

Add your name and information to take action.

 

Email Your U.S. Senators and Representatives
Your Message
Urge Congress to Act on Hate Crimes and Gun Control
Dear (recipient name),

As your constituent, I write to urge your consideration of congressional measures that seek to address the issues at the core of several recent tragedies, including the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

The Senate should consider and pass two bipartisan bills already passed by the House to strengthen background checks. H.R.8 would prohibit most person-to-person firearm transfers unless a background check can be conducted, aiming to close what is often referred to as the “gun show loophole.” H.R.1112 would extend to at least ten days the amount of time firearms dealers must wait for a response from the background check system before making a sale. Currently, a sale can proceed if the seller has not received a response in three days.

In addition, I urge action in the House and Senate on bills to empower and incentivize states to implement “red flag laws.” All too often, after an act of gun violence has occurred, those connected to the shooter report that they had observed clear warning signs. Red flag laws allow family members and law enforcement officers to petition a court to temporarily restrict a person's access to guns when such warning signs are displayed.

Gun control is necessary, but it is just as important to address the hate that fuels these types of attacks. S.2043, the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assaults, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and its companion legislation in the House, H.R.3545, the NO HATE Act, introduced by Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX), would provide incentives for hate crime reporting, create grants for state-run hate crime hotlines, and add additional penalties for individuals convicted under prior hate crimes acts.

As Congress weighs these and other bills to address the proliferation of both weapons and hate, I thank you for your consideration of my views.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]