Stein Statement on Failure of Senate to Pass Common Sense Restrictions on Gun Violence

"Today the Senate decided to continue to be an accomplice to domestic terror of all stripes - whether motivated by racism, homophobia, anti-immigrant bias, misogyny, pseudoreligous fervor, or violent psychopathology.

"Congress has given a thumbs up to mass murder for decades, with over 80 people dying each day from needless gun violence, by allowing easy access to dangerous assault weapons and refusing to require universal background checks.

"Majorities of Americans support both of these measures. The NRA's argument against background checks - that they create a database that will be used to take away firearms from legitimate owners - has been proven false by decades of experience with the gun owner database created by the National Firearms Act.

"And the NRA's propaganda that owning a firearm provides protection is dangerously wrong. In fact, possessing a firearm puts the owner and her family at far greater risk, with a firearm being 22 times more likely to kill or injure in domestic homicide, suicide or accident than it is to be used in self-defense.

"It's time for the Senate, and for Congress as a whole to get on the right side of history. Unfortunately, it failed to pass the modest, minimal gun protections the American people are literally dying for."

Jill Stein

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  • Rommel J. Guzman
    followed this page 2016-06-21 12:28:45 -0400
  • Susan Purviance
    commented 2016-06-21 10:26:28 -0400
    These Press releases are too long-winded and academic . I am a professional writer (I can write liberal-ese, and academic sludge, but I do not recommend it. I strongly suggest a different writing style. Shorter, more direct sentences. You can do better and move more people if you write this way:


    Today the Republican Senate did not take action to stop domestic terrorists with guns. We are all targeted by domestic terrorists—racist murderers, homophobic murderers, anti-immigrant murderers, women-hating murderers, religious zealot murderers, and violent psychologically disturbed murders.

    [paragraph two is great—leave it.]

    The large majority of Americans support these restrictions. The Gun Ownership database we already have in place proves that the NRA’s argument that the proposed restrictions will take away guns is false. Legitimate owners retain their guns, no problem there.

    The Senate hides behind the NRA cover story that owning a firearm increases safety in the home. Often it does not—homes with firearms have 22 times the rate of domestic homicides and injuries, lethal or serious accidents, and suicides. If a sane and cautious person still wants a gun, they will be able to have one with the common-sense restrictions the Senate refused to pass.

    Let’s get a Senate that will be on the right side of history, the right side of minimal but effective gun restrictions.

    [thanks for reading, and free free to contact me with more re-writes.]
    Susan M. Purviance