Quote by Justice Scalia "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited" via Moms Demand Action (momsdemandaction.org)

Email the Senate, they vote on background checks for gun sales today.

Quote by Justice Scalia "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited" via Moms Demand Action (momsdemandaction.org)If you have 3 minutes to spare today, email all your US representatives here (via Moms Demand Action) to let them know how you feel about expanding background checks for gun sales before they cast their vote this afternoon.

You can choose to customize your email, or send the powerful message Moms Demand Action has pre-filled for you.

This is what mine says:

Dear Congressman Smith,

As a Texan, the right to bear arms is a right I have been brought up to value, but my respect for responsible gunowners like my father does not conflict with my strong belief that additional gun legislation is needed to uphold the constitution’s promise to protect everyone’s rights.

Please help reform this broken system to take steps towards a safer America and a safer Texas by putting aside special interests and partisanship and voting for common-sense legislation.

These bills don’t limit anyone’s second amendment rights, they just limit the dangers faced by the majority of us who don’t want to constantly bear arms in order to feel safe.

I support these bills and respectfully urge you to support them too.

Sincerely,

Jessica Weldon

If you have a few more minutes, call your senator at 202-224-3121 to tell them why you care.

hundreds of students sit in a lecture hall at the University of Texas

Am I taking notes next to a gun?

hundreds of students sit in a lecture hall at the University of Texas

How many firearms are in this picture?

So far I’ve never had to wonder  which of my classmates are hiding a gun, but the era of unarmed notetaking may be drawing to a close.

Texas HB 972, which would permit concealed handguns to be carried into college classrooms, passed out of committee Friday with a 7-1 vote. The bill does allow universities to opt out of the campus carry provision after consulting with faculty, students, and staff, but it reduces the penalty for violating campus weapon bans from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Of the 9 members of the committee, only El Paso’s Joe Picket voted against it (San Antonio’s Phil Cortez was absent).  The bill is now on it’s way to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Pop Quiz

How many guns belong in a freshman Literature class of 100 students?

A. 1

B. 10

C. 100

D. none of the above.

Here’s how to help:

Call your representative to let them know how you feel about concealed handguns in classrooms and reduced penalties for people who violate campus weapons regulations. Leave a comment on this post to let us know how it went! 

Want more?

Read this article about HB 972 in My SA, like Texas Gunsense on Facebook, see what the NRA says about Texas HB 972, and check out my other posts about gun violence.

Hey, what happened to OFA?

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It may seem like Organizing for America just disappeared, and for good reason–it did!

Organizing for America was a focused on supporting President Obama and Democrats up and down the ballot, but President Obama doesn’t need to be re-elected anymore, so OFA is switching gears.  This means that the OFA of 2012 and the OFA of today are technically two different organizations, even though many of the same great people behind OFA 2012 will be working on Organizing for Action.

OFA 2012 was a project of the Democratic National Committee, but Organizing for Action is a is a private, non-partisan organization funded entirely by regular people. It won’t take big checks from corporations, lobbyists, or PACs, and it can’t lobby for policy changes directly. Instead of working quietly behind closed doors on capital hill, Organizing for Action will mobilize the nation-wide grassroots network that elected the President (twice) to get common sense policy enacted. There aren’t currently any OFA staff in Texas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get involved in helping shape the national policies that will have an impact on us here at home.

Next Tuesday is a national gun violence day of action. If you have a few minutes and want to help out, call the senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and tell your senator that you’re a constituent supporting universal background checks. Your call won’t take long, but when millions like it flood the senate phone lines all day Tuesday I think they’ll get the message. You can also visit the OFA Gun Violence page for more about the President’s plan to reduce gun violence.

Want to learn more? Check out the official Organizing for Action Frequently Asked Questions page, watch Michelle Obama introduce the new OFA, and see what Jim Messina told CNN about the new organization.