A handful of gun control advocates gathered outside U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh Thursday urging him to do “whatever it takes” to lessen gun violence.
The hashtag #WhateverItTakes circulated on social media Thursday as advocates around the nation rallied for federal legislation that would close what they call loopholes in the background check system. The phrase originated from the father of the young Roanoke, Va., TV reporter shot and killed on live television last month.
Laura Morgan, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said she wants to know where Tillis stands on the issue. Americans need a comprehensive background check system, she said.
“Right now, that doesn’t happen at a federal level,” Morgan said.
She did, however, applaud the compromise made in the state legislature this summer to preserve the pistol permit issued after a sheriff’s background check.
“We fought really hard to North Carolina to keep our background check system,” she said. “We are one of 18 states with a great, wonderful background check system.”
Another advocate listed the names of nine people in North Carolina who died in an incident involving a gun between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
One sign held by a participant read: “Dear Congress, I feel disgusted by legislators owned by the NRA.”
Tillis was endorsed in the 2014 election by the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund. On his Senate web site, he says, “In Washington, I will continue to support legislation that protects our Second Amendment rights and oppose legislation that threatens to take them away.”