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On February 27, the House of Representatives passed the first major gun safety legislation in nearly two decades.

At the time, Mitch McConnell crowed that the bill was "never going to become law," and that he wouldn't "even bring it to the floor here in the Senate."

But, he added disingenuously, "there's always improvements and reforms to be made."

At that point, there had been 46 mass shootings in 2019.

The August mass murders in El Paso and Dayton, which left 31 people dead and dozens injured, marked the 247th and 251th mass shootings in the United States in 2019.

That's an average of more than one mass shooting per day this year.

Still, when people demanded McConnell call the Senate back to finally take steps to end the gun violence epidemic, he claimed that he didn't want to act "prematurely."

Hundreds of people have been killed this year, over 1,000 others wounded, thousands more are grieving, and Mitch McConnell thinks it's "premature" to solve this public health crisis?

Sign the petition to tell Mitch McConnell, "Get to work! Save lives. Bring the Senate back to pass meaningful gun safety measures!"

Here's what's worse: it's all an act. McConnell knows our nation is way overdue for serious action on gun violence. But he also knows that his buddies in the gun lobby are counting on him to do nothing.

And so, he stands in front of the American people and – cynically, irresponsibly, heartlessly, horribly – cautions that the real tragedy we face isn't the next mass shooting, but the rush to prevent it.

He's wrong. In practice and in principle, he's as wrong as he possibly can be.

Let him know. Add your name to tell Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back to prevent gun violence.


Posted on August 13, 2019.

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