Hey Gainesville, Contact Our Elected Reps About Gun Control
Early Sunday morning, a shooter opened fire inside an Orlando nightclub. Fifty people were killed including the shooter, and 53 were injured, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
In the aftermath of a tragedy so horrific and so close to home, social media has quickly becomes a firestorm of heated opinions. Friends, family and acquaintances you don’t even remember adding on Facebook are suddenly experts on ISIS, gun laws, the LQTBQ community and nightclub security.
Whether you’ve chosen to join in the painful conversation via Internet comments or have chosen to stay silent with your grief, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless.
But arguing with your crazy Uncle Pete about the 2nd Amendment nor staying silent will help our nation make changes that can prevent this kind of heart-breaking violence from happening again.
So, get off of Facebook and contact your senators and Congresspeople today.
Find your representative here.
Find your senator here.
Once you have found them, either write to them from your heart or use this simple form letter, courtesy of HuffPost Politics:
I am writing to urge you to vote to close the deadly loopholes in our laws that make it too easy for dangerous people to get guns. The federal government currently can’t block firearm sales to suspected terrorists, and I’m begging you to close this deadly loophole in our gun laws immediately.
The bottom line is this: Lax gun laws allow suspected terrorists to buy guns on our soil. Organizations like al Qaeda are well aware of this, and even instruct would-be terrorists to exploit them in the U.S. If you’re a suspected terrorist, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun, and I hope you will address this glaring national security issue.
Background checks are supported by over 90 percent of all Americans and are a commonsense tool for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill.
It’s time to end the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Thank you for doing what is right for the people of [your state] and the United States.
If you aren’t sure how your Senators voted on expanded background checks back in 2015, you can check here.