On Sunday, April 10, 26 cyclists will ride through Philadelphia on their way to Washington, D.C. Their ride is in memory of the 26 students and educators who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and in support of common sense gun legislation to reduce gun violence.
Common sense gun legislation allows most people to continue to purchase guns, but:
- restricts assault weapons and large-capacity bullet clips;
- imposes background checks where they are absent today (mainly at gun shows);
- requires owners to report lost or stolen weapons;
- requires people to be properly trained and licensed before they can buy a new weapon;
- forbids people on the “no-fly list” from buying a gun; and
- limits most people to purchasing at most one gun per month.
It would not include stronger provisions that would infringe on people’s rights to self-defense or hunting/recreation.
Now Is the Time to Act
This White House address was delivered by Francine Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son, Ben, was murdered alongside nineteen other children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, three years ago. Francine — joined by her husband David — is asking the American people to help prevent this type of tragedy from happening to more families like hers. She said:
Since that terrible day in December , thousands more Americans have died, and thousands more families have suffered the pain of losing a loved one to violence. Now that the Senate has agreed that commonsense gun safety reforms deserve a vote, they must finish the job and pass those reforms to protect our children and our communities. Now is the time for all Americans to help make this a moment of real change.