On Tuesday, May 21st, we encourage all Americans to stay home. Don’t go to work. Don’t send your kids to school. We know not everyone will be able to stay home, but we hope the majority of us will, and it will send a resounding message to our nation’s leaders that we have had ENOUGH and want our lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws to save lives!
At 12pm local time, we hope Americans will rally across the country at state capitols, city halls and schools to show their support and demand action.
Why are we rallying? We’re demanding IMMEDIATE action from our Congress to pass 3 key pieces of legislation:
- Universal Background Checks: (HR 8 and HR 1112 already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives). These bills would require the same background checks in all 50 states, would close existing dangerous loopholes for sales at gun shows, person-to-person “private” sales and internet sales and increase the waiting time to 10 days if a person doesn’t pass their initial background check. We demand these bills be immediately voted on by the U.S. Senate and signed by the President.
- Ban military-style assault weapons* and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Senate and House should pass SB 66 (removing exemption of grandfathered sales) and the President should sign into law. Ban will prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
- Initiate Gun Buyback program using military spending budget. Implement a national program to fairly compensate owners of guns, assault weapons and accessories who voluntarily turn them in for destruction.
When will rallies happen? Tuesday, May 21st at 12 p.m. (noon) local time.
Who should participate? Anyone who is fed up with our elected officials inaction on gun violence in America. This year, there have already been 8 school shootings in America!
There have been 122 mass shootings so far this year. Over 19,000 incidents of gun violence and almost 5,000 deaths — and it’s only May.
100 people die EVERY day in America due to gun violence.
We must stand up together with ONE voice — students, parents, adults, seniors, business owners, corporations and responsible gun-owners, to force our Congress to ACT, and to demand our President sign this legislation into law IMMEDIATELY!
Where will this happen? The shutdown will happen across the USA. Rallies are being planned from coast to coast. If you are planning a rally in your community click here to mark it on the map so others can participate. Click here to find out if someone in your town is already planning a rally. If there’s not a rally near you, plan your own with your coworkers, neighbors, friends or relatives. We want to show our leaders that a majority of Americans are in favor of common-sense gun law reform. Share the plan on social media and via email and text. Share your reasons for joining the shutdown and use the tags: #StopSchoolShootingsNOW, #ShutItdown, #SaveOurKids, #Enough