Your phone call is the best way of contacting your legislator.
The MOST effective way to voice your opinion about gun safety and gun reform is to pick up the phone and call your legislators. Phone calls get tallied immediately at your lawmaker's office and can add up quickly when lots of constituents within a short period of time chime in about one subject.
Your elected leaders NEED to hear from you. Collective constituent voices are weighed in by the staffers in your lawmaker's office, and they advise her on how heavily a particular issue weighs on the public's mind. Then she votes accordingly. After all, your lawmaker works for you.
The best way to reach your congressional representatives is by calling their local offices. Don't know who represents you in Congress? No problem. Just click here to find out. You can also call the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121, and they will direct you to your legislator's office.
All other ways of contacting your officials are less effective, but shouldn't be discounted. If you write, send a personal letter to the local office; staffers say emails sometimes tend to get lost in the shuffle.
Another secondary way to contact your legislators is by fax. It's faster than snail mail and leaves them with a hard copy of your letter, like a personal note (fax to the local office for maximum impact). And if you text a lot, you can even use this great tool called ResistBot, which turns your text into a fax. Wow! Text RESIST to 50409 or message ResistBot through Facebook. ResistBot finds out who represents you in Congress and delivers your message to them in under 2 minutes.
You can even get your issue on the radar and Tweet or Facebook your lawmakers . But keep in mind, this is the least effective way to have your voice heard by them since staffers may not keep as strict of a tally through social media. We do, however, encourage you to use social media in addition to calling your legislators. This will bolster the constituent's collective voice, which helps to keep the issue top-of-mind for fellow constituents. The strength in social media lay in magnifying your voice to the people, spreading ideas, and disseminating tailored information about your cause.
Sample Call Script
What do I say on the phone?
Here's a general idea of what you can say to show your lawmakers that you support gun violence prevention.
When you reach a staff member or a voice mailbox, please tell them the following things: