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We don’t want your guns, but we all want safe schools and streets. Does guns and assault weapons in the hands of unstable, violent individuals, bent on taken their stress out on society at the point of a gun makes us less safe. We can enhance our public safety by sensible gun safety measures.

            Other civilized countries have fewer mass shootings and guns because they have sensible gun laws. Four countries have reduced gun homicides we can learn from United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. Britain reduced shootings by banning assault weapons and pump-action weapons, required all shotgun owners to register them. There have been no mass shootings in Australia for 20 years. They buyback guns and melt them down. They also register their guns and owners must need to own guns. Japan has a no tolerance policy on guns. Germany requires anyone under 25 who applies for a firearms license must have a psychiatric evaluation with a trained counselor.

            We don’t have to tolerate daily mass shootings of students and citizens. Yes, we can make our schools and streets safer. We must consider expanding background checks to gun show and private sales. A better solution may be a requirement that gun owners required to get a firearms license, we need to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We the appropriate laws we can all sleep easier at night.

 

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Feeling helpless? Pick up your phone. Just call a few. It'll make you feel better. Top NRA donation recipients are listed below.

Just call and say "I understand Sen. McCain has accepted $7.7 million from the NRA. I don't know how many thoughts and prayers that buys but I hope he feels good about it. We're watching. Have a GREAT day." And hang up. Dial the next number and repeat.

Trust me. You'll feel better and they DO keep track of calls.

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Richard Burr-R/NC $6.9m (202) 224-3154
Roy Blunt-R/MT $4.5mil (202) 224-5721
Thom Tillis- R/NC $4.4mil (202) 224-6342
Cory Gardner-R/CO $3.9mil CO (202) 224-5941
Marco Rubio-R/FL $3.3mil (202) 224-3041
Joni Ernst-R/IA $3.1mil (202) 224-3254
Rob Portman-R/OH $3mil (202) 224-3353
Todd Young- R/IN $2.9mil (202) 224-5623
Bill Cassidy-R/LA $2.9mil (202) 224-5824

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French Hill-R/AR $1.1mil (202) 225-4076
Ken Buck- R/CO $800k (202) 225-4676
Mike Simpson-R/ID $385k (202) 225-5531
Greg Gianforte-R/MT $334k (202) 225-3211
Don Young-R/AK $246k (202) 225-5765
Lloyd Smucker-R/PA $222k (202) 225-2411
Bruce Poliquin-R/MA $201k (202) 225-6306
Pete Sessions-R/TX $158k (202) 225-2231
Barbara Comstock-R/VA $137k (202) 225-5136
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By Sue Castner

Andy Biggs Votes Against Condemning Genocide in Myanmar

The Following Story is by Antonia Noori Farzan with the Phoenix New Times. To see the full article click here

Even in these divided political times, elected officials can generally be counted on to agree on one thing: Genocide is bad.

That is, except for Andy Biggs.

On Wednesday, Congress voted on a resolution condemning the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group in Myanmar. And Biggs was one of only three members of Congress to vote against it.

Every other member of Arizona’s congressional delegation, Democrats and Republicans alike, supported the resolution, which essentially asks Myanmar's government to a) stop killing people and b) allow in humanitarian aid groups.

This obviously brings up an uncomfortable question: Is Andy Biggs saying that he’s okay with ethnic cleansing?

So far, Biggs hasn’t made a public statement one way or the other. We’ve reached out to his office to request an explanation of his vote, and to ask that he clarify whether he condemns the genocide in Myanmar.

The other two members of Congress to vote against the bill, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Thomas Massie of Kentucky, haven't explained their decision, either. Both are Republicans.

Biggs pulled a similar stunt back in September, when he was one of just three members of Congress who voted against a disaster relief bill for victims of Hurricane Harvey. He later explained that he didn’t like the fact that legislation addressing educational programs in developing countries had been tacked onto the bill.

Undoubtedly, adding unrelated provisions to a bill that’s likely to pass is a shady move. But voting against aid for hurricane victims because of your “principled stance” is a bad look, period.

And there aren't any random add-ons to House Concurrent Resolution 90, the bill condemning the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya. You can read the full text here; it’s pretty straightforward and sticks to the subject at hand.

It also doesn't compel the United States government to do anything. There's a call for the White House to impose sanctions, sure, but Congress' decision to pass the resolution is a largely symbolic move, indicating that sanctions might be coming at some point in the future. (Which isn't exactly news — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson already said as much in November.)

So what's Biggs' beef, exactly? Was voting against the bill some kind of accidental oversight? Did a staffer fail to properly brief him about the massive human rights crisis in Myanmar, which even Tillerson agrees is extremely bad? Does he have previously-undisclosed ties to the Burmese government? Could this have anything to do with the fact that the Rohingya are Muslim? Or did Biggs simply have a problem with how the resolution was worded?

We have no clue, because his spokesperson isn't answering our phone calls, emails, or Twitter messages. We look forward to updating this story with an explanation when one becomes available. 

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Phoenix AZ – Arizona Democratic Party Native American Caucus supports the International Indigenous Solidarity with Standing Rock and URGENTLY call upon the Democratic Party and Officials to join us on Friday, December 2nd for an Action of Solidarity and Public Protest at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Phoenix office.
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In light of the present crisis situation at Standing Rock, North Dakota the Continental Commission Abya Yala calls upon our allies, friends, and the concerned public at large to join with us in ACTION of SOLIDARITY and PUBLIC PROTEST against the immoral and illegal violent corporate and governmental complicity and collusion engaged in blatant assault upon the Oceti Sakowin Dakota-Nakota-Lakota Nations and the Water Defenders Camp at Standing Rock North Dakota.
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