Tell Congress to End our Crisis of Gun Violence!

In 2018, nearly 40,000 people died from gun violence in the U.S., the highest fatality rate in 50 years. This crisis requires urgent action to prevent more gun-related deaths. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. And as the Bible instructs us, we must "love not in word or speech, but in truth and action" (1 John 3:18). We can act now by urging Congress to: appropriate funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence, ban assault weapons, and mandate universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of those with violent histories, including those who have perpetrated domestic violence.

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End our Crisis of Gun Violence

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to prioritize gun regulation legislation in the new year. My faith compels me to speak out for those who are vulnerable--and this past year, nearly 40,000 people died from gun violence in the U.S., the highest amount in 50 years. As the teen prophets from Parkland, FL remind us: Thoughts and prayers are not enough. And as the Bible instructs us, we must "love not in word or speech, but in truth and action" (1 John 3:18). Too many lives are at stake to continue procrastinating.

It is time to appropriate funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research gun violence, so that we can learn how to prevent 40,000 more deaths in 2019. Furthermore, simply banning bump stocks is not enough, we must also ban assault weapons, and mandate universal background checks. Currently, people with violent histories can still legally purchase guns through unlicensed dealers online or at gun shows, including perpetrators of domestic violence. Statistics show that a history of domestic violence is one of the greatest indicators of future gun violence, and women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than are women in other developed nations. With that in mind, laws must mandate that abusers relinquish their guns upon conviction.

Thank you in advance for your swift action to save lives.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]