Recent tragedies, combined with a history of previous gun-related tragedies, have spawned renewed attention to the conversation of gun violence and access to high powered firearms in America. If you stand with the League of Women Voters of the United States in support of “strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens” we hope you’ll consider attending any one of the following events.
Women’s March #Enough Walk Out
March 14th join young people across the country in a 17 minute walk out at 10 am. March 14 is the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. More info at https://www.womensmarch.com/enough-faq/
March for our Lives
This national march is being spurred on by Florida students. On March 24th, Fort Collins for Progress is organizing a sister March in Old Town Square from 1-6 pm.
To join marchers in Denver, http://focoprogress.org/event/northern-colorado-busing-march-for-our-lives/
For more information about the national march, visit http://time.com/5167102/march-for-our-lives-parkland-school-shooting-protest/
Anniversary of Shooting at Columbine High School
On April 20th, a group will be gathering to mark the 19th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School. Plans are still being formed but it may include renting out Twin Silo park and inviting educational speakers, advocacy groups, etc.
The League of Women Voters of the United States has a firm position regarding gun control. According to a position adopted in 1990 and amended in 1994 and 1998:
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. The League supports regulating firearms for consumer safety.
The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.
The League supports a ban on “Saturday night specials,” enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.