Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Congress: Do something about gun violence

Organizing for Action
Diane --

Last week, yet another horrific act of gun violence shook Americans around the country.

That means there are more American families -- moms, dads, children -- whose lives have been changed forever.

These tragedies are heartbreaking -- yet every time they happen, the conversation moves on, without any meaningful action to prevent another tragedy. We can't throw up our hands and accept this kind of brutality as our new normal -- as President Obama said last week, "Our thoughts and prayers are not enough."

It's up to organizers to demand better from Congress. We worked for progress at the state-level, and common sense laws designed to strengthen background checks on gun sales passed through tough legislatures.

But Congress has done nothing, and we can't accept that. We won't stop calling for action until Congress makes changes at the national level.

We're going to keep demanding reform, especially in the coming weeks. Starting today, OFA supporters are calling their representatives and your member of Congress, Donald Beyer, should hear from you, too.

Here's Rep. Beyer's phone number -- ask him to commit to do something about gun violence:


After you get in touch, take a minute to let us know how your call went -- supporters will be taking to Twitter to call out representatives who refuse to do something about gun violence.

While no one common sense reform will prevent every tragedy, sitting by and doing nothing is beneath us. Americans overwhelmingly agree on a number of policy changes that will help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them.

The problem lies with a vocal minority that has prevented the sort of action we need from Congress. But we can't treat our gun violence epidemic as an unchangeable fact of American life. And we can't let our representatives off the hook because special interests are lobbying against taking action.

If Congress is going to act on this issue, they need to feel the pressure from the vast majority of Americans that want reform. They need to hear it from folks like you.

Call Rep. Beyer at (202)225-4376 and ask him to commit to act on gun violence -- then let us know how it went:



Jennifer Warner
National Organizing Director
Organizing for Action

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