The next few weeks represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harden the nation’s gun laws and reduce the threat of rapid-fire violence in America. Read more . . .
If you’re an American and you haven’t already written to your Senators and Representative urging them to enact the strongest possible gun control measure, you need to do so now. Already we’re being told by the National Rifle Association and others that the Congress will not enact meaningful legislation to address the epidemic of gun violence in this country.
Sadly, these voices may be right. But the debate is just beginning and we need to know where these people who claim to be our leaders stand on the issue. And while the need for action is long overdue, the struggle that is now just beginning will ultimately require every American to take a stand.
You can decide to do nothing, my friends, but silence is a stand as well and yours will be telling. Better to stand for something than nothing; and standing for something includes telling your elected representatives where you stand.
Do it now!
It’s not that hard, people.
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Honorable John Doe
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Doe:
Honorable Jane Smith
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative Smith:
Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
What’s your plan to end gun violence in America, sir? Specifically, will you support legislation that will, at the very least, (1) require criminal background checks for ALL gun sales, including private sales; (2) ban assault weapons, including high-capacity magazines; and (3) make gun trafficking a federal crime?
Thank you for taking my views into account. I am one of your constituents and I vote. I’ll be watching closely to see what you do or fail to do to address this problem in the coming weeks.
Is writing a letter like that too hard, people? Is the cost of four postage stamps too heavy a price to pay?
Think about how hard it was for these beautiful people in Newtown, Connecticut, just a few weeks ago. Think about the price they paid for our indifference as a nation.
Writing your representatives is a beginning, people, not an end. All of us need to educate ourselves about gun violence because “when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we’re not even trying — and for the worst of reasons.”
There’s many places where you can learn more about the issue. Here’s one.
Whatever you do, don’t let indifference snuff out the light on these beautiful boys and girls. Don’t let the Sandy Hook Promise die.