Republicans cripple gun safety laws. Shootings and deaths surge.

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Republicans cripple gun safety laws. Shootings and deaths surge.

Republicans cripple gun safety laws. Shootings and deaths surge.

Promoting guns and vigilantism isn’t the answer in a democracy.

States with weaker gun laws have higher rates of firearm related homicides – CNN. States forge ahead with permit-less carry legislation despite law enforcement opposition – CNN.

This infographic shows a dozen ways Republicans have weakened gun safety laws.

Americans are feeling frustrated. Promoting vigilantism and relaxing gun safety measures isn't the answer. This infographic shows a dozen ways Republicans have crippled gun safety laws resulting in more shootings.
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How Republicans weaken gun laws

  1. Iowa lawmakers approve bill that’d let kids have handguns. HuffPo
  2. Republicans in Congress just made it easier for mentally ill people to get guns. WaPo
  3. Remove any duty to retreat before using force in self-defense. FindLaw
  4. Ohio’s Republican Governor just made it even easier to carry a concealed gun. Vanity Fair
  5. Wisconsin Republicans pass bill allowing students to bring a gun to campus. Salon
  6. Bill allowing people to carry firearms inside places of worship. Wisconsin Examiner
  7. Alabama won’t require background checks for concealed guns. Channel 3000
  8. Carry a concealed handgun into another state.
  9. House GOP set to approve bill that could make mass shootings deadlier. Think Progress
  10. GOP moved to loosen gun restrictions on federal lands. Intelligencer
  11. Allow use of lead ammunition on wildlife refuges. Intelligencer
  12. Make It Easier for “Fugitives” to Buy Guns. Intelligencer

Political aggression and violence

Republican support for political violence
Source: BrightLineWatch

What’s driving the surge in violence

  • Experts rank economic inequality, unrepresentative political institutions, and racial inequality as the most severe problems facing American democracy.
  • Partisans who underestimate their opponents’ support for democratic principles are more likely to support anti-democratic practices and violations of democratic norms.
  • Partisans who overestimate rival partisans’ support for violence report greater willingness to engage in violence.
  • 28% of Democrats and 39% of Republicans in the control group support doing everything possible to prevent the other party from governing effectively.
  • 17–26% of respondents did not wholly reject threats, harassment, and violence in a June 2021 survey.
  • 24% for Republicans and 19% for Democrats in general do not wholly reject violence if their party were to lose the next presidential election. 
  • 26% of Trump approvers were willing to condone violence in response to the other side winning the presidential election.

More recently, in November 2021, the House of Representatives censured Representative Paul Gosar (R‑AZ) after he tweeted a video animation depicting him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D‑NY) — but only two of Gosar’s Republican colleagues supported the censure while 207 voted against it.” – Excerpts from Bright Line Watch survey

Republicans relax gun laws as right wing militias arm themselves

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TakeAway: Vote for common sense gun safety measures. Curb political violence and vigilantism.


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