Sample Resolution

This resolution was adopted by the Wyoming Democratic Party at the February 24th State Central Meeting in Cheyenne. 

 

A Resolution Calling on Wyoming Democratic Candidates to Honor Gun Violence Victims and Refuse National Rifle Association Campaign Contributions

 

Whereas, on February 14th, 2018 the Parkland school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed 17 victims contributing to the growing number of Americans dying every year due to gun violence; and,

Whereas, our prayers, thoughts, and actions are with the family and friends of the victims and with the entire community of Parkland, Florida, another community like Las Vegas, Newtown, Orlando, and San Bernardino who have had to bear the full brunt of local, state, and federal government inaction in the face of the horrific epidemic of mass shootings and everyday gun violence in our country; and,

Whereas, the school board, the faculty members, the family members of Parkland student and faculty shootings victims and, most notably, the student survivors are calling upon elected officials and organizations to help end gun violence; and,

Whereas, the Wyoming Democratic Party believes answering the call to prevent gun violence is imperative to who we are as a state and a nation, and whether we act now to protect all families, communities, and schools demonstrates who we will be in the future; and,

Whereas, in Wyoming, we are a state of avid hunters and outdoorsmen and we can respect the rights of responsible gun owners and uphold the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution while keeping our communities safe; and,

Whereas, the Wyoming Republican Party and their lawmakers have taken unprecedented steps in recent years to intimidate our communities and schools by supporting extremist candidates and even legislation allowing guns in places of worship, K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities; and,

Whereas, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is largely financed by and represents major gun manufacturers rather than its members, and it spent more than it ever has in the past on the 2016 elections — more than $36 million, with thousands of dollars influencing Wyoming elections and elected officials; and,

Whereas, the NRA has an egregious history of supporting legislation and law enforcement action where people diagnosed with a mental illness are stigmatized and people of color, particularly black and brown men, are disproportionately criminalized; and,

Whereas, in their publications, the NRA perpetuates harmful rhetoric against those with mental illness, people of color, women, Muslims, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community; and,

Whereas, in order to build on the success of the lifesaving Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, we need to reject the NRA, which has continued to combat any common-sense efforts to expand and strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in our current laws; enact any waiting periods and permitting gun ownership processes; and,

Whereas, the NRA has lobbied and made significant campaign contributions to elected officials who work against the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to revoke the dangerous legal immunity protections gun makers and sellers now enjoy; and keep weapons of war—such as military-style assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines (LCAM's)—off our streets; and,

Whereas, as Democrats, we continue to fight back against NRA lobbying attempts to make it harder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to revoke federal licenses from law breaking gun dealers, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, intimate partner abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues and a history of violent behavior; and,

Whereas, the NRA has lobbied to ensure there is insufficient research on effective gun prevention policies, and we must fight to secure that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the resources it needs to study gun violence as a public health issue; and now,

Therefore be it resolved, the Wyoming Democratic Party will honor the victims of gun violence by taking a strong stand against the continued obstruction of sensible gun safety legislation due to intimidation by and bribery from the NRA and its affiliates; and,

Be it further resolved, the Wyoming Democratic Party calls upon any candidate running for office under its banner should refuse to accept any campaign contributions from the NRA or its affiliates, choosing instead to represent the health and safety of the people of Wyoming and the United States.