It’s hard to find the right words after Las Vegas on Sunday night, just as it was after Columbine. And Sandy Hook. And Charleston. And Orlando. And 92 times every day.
We offer our prayers and thoughts out of respect for victims. Yet that rings hollow in the face of such preventable, senseless and repeated carnage. The United States has by far the highest gun death rate of any developed country in the world. Yet Americans aren’t more violent or insane or hate-filled. The explanation is plainly obvious: our incomparably lax gun laws.
This simply must change. As Nicholas Kristoff wrote so eloquently in his NY Times editorial Preventing Mass Shootings Like the Vegas Strip Attack, we regulate ladders more tightly than guns. Kristoff provides eight simple steps that our nation could take to help address out gun violence epidemic. I urge you to read and share his piece. None of these steps are a magic cure and none of us have a magic wand to enact them. We simply must continue raising our voices. We simply cannot back down. Lives depend on it.
Relatively routine actions can seem almost trite at times like this. But they remain important. So please call your member of congress to ask him/her to:
- Work across the aisle for comprehensive gun violence reforms
- Support the ban on military style assault weapons
- Vote no on the SHARE Act that will deregulate silencers
You can reach your representative through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
As Kristoff says: “The gun lobby will say that this isn’t a time for politics. But if we can’t learn the lesson from this carnage, then there will be more such shootings — again and again. This is a particularly American tragedy and completely unnecessary. So let’s mourn. But even more important, let’s act.”
In a sadly appropriate coincidence the NCGV board of directors met last night. While we were sad, frustrated and outraged, we were also resilient. The importance of addressing gun violence has never been clearer.
Thank you for your efforts and for your support of NCGV and please feel free to reach out to me with any thoughts you may have.
PS - Please sign our petition against the SHARE Act, pass this alert on the 5 friends and let us know how your calls went. Thank you.