Statement by MoveOn Executive Director Rana Epting on Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

“This bill will save lives. That alone is worth celebrating. For once, Congress is offering more than “thoughts and prayers.” Let’s be clear: This is the most significant action against gun violence passed by Congress in two decades. This bill is a significant step forward. But it’s also just the beginning of what our nation needs to seriously address the tragic crisis of gun violence.

“As we saw with the Supreme Court ruling yesterday, the most extreme elements of the Republican Party want to continue to flood our streets, our schools, our grocery stores and our places of worship with more guns and fewer protections.” This is outrageous, shameful and dangerous. And it shows that we still have work to do.

“Millions of MoveOn members have signed petitions, made phone calls, rallied in the streets and made their voices heard for years in support of gun safety measures. They will continue to push for a ban on assault weapons and an expanded Supreme Court that will restore balance, break the right’s grip, and ensure that states have the power to help keep their residents safe. We will continue to mobilize our members to support candidates who prioritize the health and well-being of Americans over the gun lobby and extremist Republicans.”

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