The nation went into shock last Friday as the news of the Connecticut school shooting spread. Twenty innocent children shot to death, along with seven adults. Twenty-seven people who would be alive today if the shooter hadn’t had access to guns.
I’ve followed discussions on Facebook and elsewhere that say, “Now is the time for us to grieve; now is not the time to discuss gun control. Wait until our grief abates.”
To that I say , poppycock! Now is precisely the time to discuss gun control. If not now, when? Give me a date…give me a time. I’ll be there. I’ve sent out that challenge. No one has responded.
So what can you, as a Wednesday Armchair Activist, do?
First, go to Facebook and “like” the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. This is a great place to keep abreast of gun control issues.
Next, call President Obama on a daily basis through the White House hotline at 202/456-1111. (Sorry, I can’t get rid of the Skype hyperlink, but hover your cursor over the blue and you’ll get the phone number.) This is a free call, but you can only get through Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Tell him you want to see REAL leadership from him on this issue, including an immediate call for Congress to enact stronger gun laws. No more silence, no more platitudes, no more excuses.
Then, send the White House an email and say the same thing. It’s time for reform. NOW. Before more innocent lives are lost.
Finally email or call your congressional representative and senators, either at their district offices or in Washington, D.C. Tell them they should immediately enact laws to:
a) Require background checks on every gun sale.
b) Strengthen those checks, particularly in the area of mental health screening.
c) Renew the Assault Weapons Ban.
I can’t give everyone a link to their congressional representative and senators, but if you don’t know how to contact them, or even who they are, you can find by clicking here for your representative and here for your senators.
I want to leave you today with a picture that has been widely circulated on Facebook; I’m afraid I don’t know where it originated, but thanks to whomever created it. It’s time to say NO to guns. Before anymore children are killed.