The epidemic of gun violence in America has become the new
normal. On Feb. 14, a young man shot and killed 17 people in a Florida high
school and wounded many others. More than 30,000 people are killed by
guns in the U.S. annually. Since the Sandy Hook Shooting in
2012, there have been at least 239 school shootings across the country, leaving
438 people shot. And according to Everytown for Gun Safety, on average, 50 women in the U.S. are shot to death every month by their intimate partners.
What is needed from elected officials now in response to
these preventable tragedies is concrete action. Policy can, and will, save lives.
“Thoughts and prayers” alone are not solutions for the
30,000 people who will be killed by a gun this year – we need to stand up
to the NRA and pass sensible gun safety legislation NOW.
Let’s stand up and let Congress and the President know
that now is the time for action.
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Dear [Decision Maker],
As our country mourns in the wake of another horrific shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th, I urge you to do more than simply offer your thoughts and prayers. As a Christian, I believe that our faith must be channeled into action. You cannot serve both God and the NRA. You cannot promote a pro-life ethic while doing little or nothing to save the lives of your constituents from gun violence. We need sensible gun violence legislation, like universal background checks that can prevent dangerous people with a history of violence-- including domestic violence--from acquiring a lethal weapon. Furthermore, there's no logical reason for any American to own the assault weapons so commonly used in these heinous shootings. Nikolas Cruz was banned from carrying a backpack to school, expelled from school, was in and out of mental health treatment, was posting pictures of animals he had shot on Instagram, and he was still able to pass a background check in Florida to legally purchase one of these murderous assault weapons. We should be fortifying and expanding our background check system, but instead President Trump has proposed reducing funding in his proposed FY 2019 budget to our background check system by 12 million dollars. I will stand with you as you work to end gun violence.
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