3 ways to take action on gun background checks

Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by Mark Kelly and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to prevent gun violence, helps citizens push for expanded background checks that are broadly supported by Americans. Here are some easy ways to take action on their website.

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Ariz., and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, speak to Alaska gun owners at a roundtable meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, on July 2 as part of a seven-state 'Rights and Responsibilities Tour' urging members of Congress to expand background checks on gun sales.

Mark Kelly and his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona, founded Americans for Responsible Solutions "to encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership." Visit their website, americansforresponsiblesolutions.org, for easy ways to support expanded background checks and other broadly supported measures. Here are a few action-steps.

1. Call Congress. Fill out the form on the group’s website, and the site will automatically connect you with your senator’s office. A script is provided for the phone call if you want it.

2. Spread the word. The site provides quick ways to use Twitter, Facebook, and email to get the message out to others.

3. Sign a petition. Ask Congress to expand background checks for gun purchases. 

– The Editors

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