NEA president Lily Eskelsen García was a featured speaker at the National Rally to #EndGunViolence on Capitol Hill. Held on Sept. 25, designated the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims by Congress in 2007, the event attracted people from all across America, many of whom came carrying pictures of those they’ve lost. More than 200 days ago, the House passed legislation that expands background checks and closes the “Charleston loophole” that allowed a white supremacist to buy a gun and kill nine African Americans in a church. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refuses to bring it—or any other gun-related bills—to the floor. A Monmouth University Poll released earlier this month found that 83 percent of the public supports comprehensive background checks, including 94 percent of Democrats, 72 percent of Republicans, and 65 percent of NRA members.
Tell your senators to support the Background Checks Expansion Act (S. 42) and encourage McConnell to bring it to the floor.
Take Action: Support S. 42 to expand background checks for gun purchases