Today, the Senate is expected to vote on several proposals that could have a large impact on the future of legislation that seeks to prevent gun violence. The Manchin-Toomey compromise, which would expand background checks for gun purchases, could be the most crucial provision to determining whether or not commonsense gun reform passes through Congress.
Of all the proposed gun reforms, background checks has the strongest support. A poll by GOP pollster Frank Luntz showed that a clear 74 percent of NRA members and 87 percent of non-NRA gun owners support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun.
More broadly, 9 in 10 Americans support background checks and a Campus Progress/Center for American Progress/Mayors Against Illegal Guns poll released this week shows that Millennial support is even higher, with 92 percent in favor of background checks.
Yet there are still many senators who are reluctant to—or refuse to—support such common sense reforms.
TODAY, you can tell your senators how you feel about background checks. Here’s how:
1. Call your senator. Let them know why you care about Senate Bill 649, the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey background check bill, and urge them to stand up for you. Call 1-888-997-6541 to hear a few talking points, enter your zip code, and be connected to your senator. Be sure to inform them that 92 percent of young people (18-29) support universal background checks on gun purchases. You can also text DEMAND to 877877 to be connected to your senators.
2. Tweet a picture of yourself holding a sign that reads #TheyDeserveAVote to honor the thousands of young people who have been killed by guns, including the young people who lost their lives six years ago at Virginia Tech. Tweet at your senator and your friends and family.
3. Use the hashtag #NoMoreNamesand tweet at your senator to demonstrate the strong, unified support of young people across the country for commonsense gun reforms.
4. Learn more about this campaign at www.NoMoreNames.org.
Voting on the Manchin-Toomey compromise is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.