White Nationalism and Gun Violence: Twin National Crises

Two horrific mass shootings have taken place this weekend within 24 hours of each other: the first, a white-nationalist-inspired massacre at Walmart in El Paso, TX; the second, a gunman in an entertainment district in Dayton, OH.

These events did not happen in a vacuum. They reflect the ongoing crises of white-nationalist-terrorism and gun violence. Republican politicians have aided and abetted both crises. While Trump demagogues immigrants and calls for minority congresswomen to "go back" to their supposed home countries, U.S senators like John Cornyn stoke fears among white Texans of being "replaced" by Hispanic immigrants. Then they block common-sense gun reforms.

Please call all of your representatives today and ask for action and condemnation. Ask your Senators to call for an emergency session to pass a bipartisan background checks bill that has already passed the House.


Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC – 202-225-3106; Seattle: 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC – 202-225-8901; Renton – 425-793-5180

Senator Patty Murray: DC – 202-224-2621; Seattle – 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC – 202-224-3441; Seattle – 206-220-6400

Script (for House members):

My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. In light of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I am asking you to take immediate action to address the twin crises of white nationalist terrorism and easy access to guns. Please push for common sense gun regulation and condemn Republicans like Trump and John Cornyn for stoking immigration fears that led to to the El Paso massacre."

Script (for Senators):

My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. In light of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I am asking you to take immediate action to address the twin crises of white nationalist terrorism and easy access to guns. Please call the Senate back into an emergency session to pass the Bipartisan Backround Checks Act of 2019.

Background:

On the El Paso Shooting: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/04/us/el-paso-shooting-updates.html

On the Dayton shooting: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/04/us/dayton-ohio-shooting.html

John Cornyn's white nationalist tweet: https://twitter.com/jewishaction/status/1158015632190976007?s=20

Senators pressure McConnell for an emergency session: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/democrats-pressure-mitch-mcconnell-cancel-senate-recess-gun-control-vote-n1039086