Call the Senate, they’re voting on background checks for gun sales today.

Jess on the phone holding a sign that says "I'm talking to my senators about background checks for gun sales"

The Senate is expected to vote today on expanding background checks for gun sales. Background checks would go a long way toward reducing gun violence by making sure guns don’t end up in the wrong hands, but this vote will probably be very close.

You can help by calling Ted Cruz (202-224-5922) and John Cornyn (202-224-2934) and letting them know that Texas supports safer gun laws. Just tell them where you’re from, and why you’re in favor of background checks. Be sure to remind them that you’re counting on them to represent you in D.C.

I just called Ted Cruz’s office and left a message. It took a few tries to get through because the circuts are busy, but when I reached his voicemail this is what I said:

My name is Jessica Weldon, and I am a UT student living in Austin, Texas. I am calling to let you know that I strongly support background checks for all gun sales, because I think it’s the right way to make sure guns don’t end up in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. I am a constituent, and I will be watching closely for your support on this issue. Thank you for representing me and being my voice in D.C.

I’m calling Senator Cornyn now, and I’ll say the same thing. I hope today you’ll join me in letting our senators know that, for Texas, enough is enough. 

Want to brush up on some facts about background checks before you make your call? Check out this fact sheet from Demand Action, or sign up here and have someone fill you in before you’re connected to the Senate switchboard.

Reese Witherspoon holding a sign supporting universal background checks for gun sales


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