Gun Violence Prevention

Town Hall For Our Lives Sample Questions


Student leaders and activists across the country are urging Members of Congress to hold town halls to engage with their constituents on the issue of gun violence.

Town halls are an important way to get Members of Congress on the record, and to hold them accountable for their actions (or lack of actions!) on important issues that affect us all.

Are you joining a Town Hall For Our Lives? Here are some questions you can ask your Members of Congress at the event:

Questions on defeating the gun lobby’s top priority in Congress

For all Senators:

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the NRA’s “number one legislative priority.” It would override existing state laws, and mandate that every state recognize concealed carry standards from other states. This bill would cause a race to the bottom on gun safety standards, and after watching so many people die in mass shootings we will not stand for additional concessions to the NRA. It already passed the House but hasn’t yet come to the Senate floor. Will you publicly commit to opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act?

For Representatives in the House who voted FOR the NRA’s top priority, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Click here to see how your member of Congress voted

I’m really disappointed that you voted in favor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. We don’t need gun laws that cater to the lowest common denominator, especially when this bill in particular would make it easier for people to carry loaded, concealed guns in public places. How can you justify siding with the NRA over us, your constituents? Will you commit to voting against any further bills that would weaken current gun safety laws?

Questions on blocking the NRA’s favorite lawyer from becoming a federal judge

For all Senators:

The Senate is set to consider the nomination of Howard C. Nielson to a lifetime federal judgeship later this year. Nielson is one of the NRA’s go-to attorneys, who has made a career out of regularly representing the NRA and fighting against common-sense gun safety measures. Will you publicly commit to vote no on Nielson’s confirmation to a lifetime seat on the district court?

Questions on getting Congress to do more to protect our lives

*Note: for these questions, check to see if your Members of Congress have already co-sponsored any of these bills. If so, thank them for that and ask them to co-sponsor the others!

For Representatives in the House:

Constituents keep asking Congress to protect our lives, and to take concrete steps that could help reduce gun violence. But Congress only responds with “thoughts and prayers,” and inadequate proposals that don’t actually address the problem of gun violence. This is unacceptable. I’m going to list several bills that already exist in the House of Representatives that you haven’t co-sponsored. Will you commit to publicly supporting and co-sponsoring these bills?

For Senators:

Constituents keep asking Congress to protect our lives, and to take concrete steps that could help reduce gun violence. But Congress only responds with “thoughts and prayers,” and inadequate proposals that don’t actually address the problem of gun violence. This is unacceptable. I’m going to list several bills that already exist in the Senate that you haven’t co-sponsored. Will you commit to publicly supporting and co-sponsoring these bills?

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