As the Congressional Democrats staged a sit-in for over 12 hours on the floor of the House, many Americans are trying to figure out how they can out-maneuver the powerful gun lobby to bring about much needed gun reform. The primary goal is “No fly, No buy.” Referring to people on the No Fly list should not be able to buy a gun.
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, I could not help but remember the Tucson, AZ shooting where Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and several dozen people became victims of a lone gunman. Since I lived in Arizona at the time and had met this brave, bright and compassionate public servant, the Orlando shooting seemed to be just as sick and senseless.
Then to my surprise, as I was reading my email, I found the following letter and thought you might appreciate Congresswoman Gabby in her own words asking for our support (exert edited for length):
“Fear is what my constituents felt as a man fired his gun at my congressional event in a Safeway [grocery store] parking lot, shooting me point-blank in the head and killing six others, including a 9-year-old-girl.
Fear is what the children at Sandy Hook Elementary felt as a gunman went shooting from room to room, killing 26 first graders and educators.
Fear is what the clubgoers at Pulse nightclub in Orlando felt as a murderer committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killing 49 people just last week.
Last night, the U.S. Senate voted down two pieces of commonsense gun violence prevention legislation. The senators who voted no will say a lot of things about the votes they cast, and perhaps they might even say they were afraid. But make no mistake, their fear was nothing compared to what far too many victims of gun violence have faced. Theirs was a decision based on political calculations.
I know that if we elect Hillary Clinton our next president, she will not fear the gun lobby. She will do everything in her power to make our communities safer from gun violence. No. Matter. What.
Speaking is still physically difficult for me, but my feelings are clear: I am furious. And I want to ask you directly:
Please help elect and send …[people] to Congress to take on the gun lobby, and pass commonsense legislation that will make our communities safer from gun violence.
So, what are your thoughts on gun control?