Posted on March 7, 2018
Five ways you can stand up to the NRA right now
Within hours of the horrific massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — which took the lives of 17 people — Republican politicians were issuing their well-rehearsed “thoughts and prayers” social media posts and rejecting any calls for serious gun control reforms that would prevent these killings in the future.
But the very next day, the brave Parkland survivors took action. And in the weeks since the shooting, they have taken to the halls of the Florida legislature, Congress and the White House to call out the true enabler of these repeated mass killings: the National Rifle Association.
In response, the NRA has dug in its heels, rejecting any form of common sense gun reform and even empowering dangerous conspiracy theories to discredit the survivors. But the momentum for real gun control is on our side. Since Parkland, corporate partners have been abandoning the NRA in droves. And people all over the country have been publicizing and criticizing the amount of money their representatives have taken from the NRA.
CREDO stands with the Parkland students and everyone else who is ready to fight for real gun control and call out the NRA for its complicity in gun deaths and gun violence.
Here are five ways you can take action right now to stop the NRA:
- Tell Republicans in Congress: Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It is time for Republicans in Congress to join Democrats in standing up to the NRA and pass an assault weapons ban that will save American lives.
- Tell the NRA’s corporate partners: Stop enabling the NRA’s extremism. Activism to pressure companies to sever ties with the NRA is working, with companies like Delta, United Airlines, Hertz, and others dropping discount programs for NRA members. But other companies, including FedEx, aren’t giving up their partnerships, so we must keep up the pressure.
- Tell Congress: Stop taking the NRA’s money. In the last 20 years, the NRA has donated more than $4.1 million to current members of Congress, which has kept most legislation about gun control from ever getting a vote. It’s time for members of Congress to break free from the NRA and reject money from the gun lobby.
- Stand with Sen. Warren: Tell investors in gun manufacturers to demand change. Big Wall Street investors in the major gun manufacturers have been profiting off of gun violence in America for far too long. We’re joining Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s push to demand that these investors use their power to force gun manufacturers to make us safer, not more at risk.
- Attend a gun control march or walkout. Parkland survivors and their allies are planning protests and rallies in Washington, DC and across the country. Stand up to the NRA and show your support for gun control and survivors at an event near you. If you plan to join the march—or just want to show your support—we have protest posters available for download here.