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Enough is enough: it's time to reinstate the assault weapons ban

We've had more mass shootings in 2023 than there have been days in the year so far. It's a horrifying statistic, but what's even more horrifying is the fact that the Republican party and their NRA buddies continue to turn a blind eye to the gun violence epidemic that's plaguing our country.

Instead of actually doing something to prevent these horrific tragedies from happening, they'd rather offer up empty "thoughts and prayers." Well, I'm sorry, but thoughts and prayers aren't going to bring back the innocent lives that have been lost.

We can't afford to wait for them to get their act together. As long as Republicans are in the pocket of the NRA, nothing will change.

That's why we need to reinstate the assault weapons ban that was in place from 1994-2004. It's a no-brainer - when military-style weapons are readily available, it's easier than ever for individuals to carry out mass shootings.

So if you're as sick of Republican inaction as I am, then sign my petition now and demand that Congress reinstate the assault weapons ban.

I'm proud to have helped pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act last year. After almost thirty years of inaction, we finally passed substantive gun violence prevention legislation. But let's face it; it's not enough.

We need to do more to prevent mass shootings and protect our communities.

The Republican party loves to make gun violence into some kind of political issue rather than acknowledging it as the public health crisis that it is. But the truth is that the majority of Americans - regardless of political affiliation - are in favor of commonsense measures to prevent gun violence.

If you're ready to join me in taking action, then sign my petition to reinstate the assault weapons ban.

Together, we can end this epidemic of gun violence - but it's going to take more than just empty words and hollow promises. So let's roll up our sleeves and get to work, because enough is enough.


Posted on April 21, 2023.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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