Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough – We Need Action on Guns

The epidemic of gun violence in America has become the new normal. On Nov. 5, a man shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church and wounded at least 20 others. This comes on the heels of the Oct. 1 tragedy, in which 59 people in Las Vegas were killed by a mass shooter. More than 30,000 people are killed by guns in the U.S. annually. 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 do elected officials do in response to these preventable tragedies? Concrete action is essential. Policy can, and will, save lives. 

“Thoughts and prayers” 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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To Members of Congress:


As our country reels from yet another horrific shooting, this time at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, I urge you to do more than offer your thoughts and prayers. As a Christian, I believe that faith must be channeled into action, and the action we need today is legislation to reduce gun violence.

We need sensible gun violence legislation, like universal background checks that can prevent dangerous people with a history of violence from acquiring a lethal weapon. We need this legislation now.

I will stand with you as you work to end gun violence. For the sake of the 30,000 people who are killed every year by a gun in America, please do all you can to stand up to the NRA and end this epidemic.

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