Our hearts break for the victims and families of the UCC shooting. What will it take for Congress to act?
"Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It does not capture the heartache and anger and grief that we should feel. It does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America... The United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws, even in the face of repeated mass killings... We have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from... collecting data on how we can potentially reduce gun deaths. If you think this is a problem, then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views." - President Obama
Join us in our commitment to prevent gun violence at the congressional delegation press conference TODAY, Friday, October 2, 2015, 11AM in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, CT.
You have an opportunity to demonstrate your support for our Congressional delegation, which has been at the forefront of gun violence prevention advocacy in Congress. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy will announce new legislation that would bar gun sales until background checks are complete.
Our friends at Newtown Action Alliance may have put it best: "We know firsthand that condolences are not enough to prevent the senseless bloodshed. Therefore, we call on our friends, neighbors, coworkers and families to honor the victims and survivors of Umpqua Community College by taking action to #EndGunViolence by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to urge your Senators and House Representatives to finish the job on the background check law to keep guns away from dangerous people."
Find your Senators and House Representatives here.
As our president has stated, We must come together and take steps to reduce gun violence. We have to find the courage to change.
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Photo above: President Obama speaks in Hartford, CT.
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