This picture of me was taking on Saturday, June 11th. I’d just gotten back from a day of doing all of my favorite things, and was about to walk into my home to spend the rest of the day with my family and pets, secure in the knowledge that I would have a tomorrow during which I could write this post.
Of course, in the intervening 30 hours or so, in the wee hours of Sunday June 12th, 50 people had their tomorrows brutally ripped away from them because of hatred and an assault rifle.
And we got the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Stop praying. Start doing.
Tweet your Rep. I did it. I timed it. It took me 46 seconds.
Write to your Senators and Congresspeople. This guide spells it all out. In less than 8 minutes (again, I timed it), I found who my reps were, their voting records on gun control, and had emailed those who had not supported gun control.
Here’s what I wrote (based loosely on this guide):
Dear Representative Kline,
It’s past time to pass reasonable gun control legislation. In the wake of the horrific massacre of 50 in Orlando, I implore you to work to enact sensible gun control legislation:
–to ban semi-automatic weapons
–to limit large capacity ammunition clips
–to require a criminal background check for anyone to buy a gun, eliminating gun show loopholes
People claim the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but this is not an unlimited right. I claim the right NOT to bear arms and to feel safe doing so in my home, schools, malls, and movie theaters. We regulate everything from driving to drinking to buying cold medicine, yet we cannot touch gun ownership and use?
I appreciate your consideration and look forward to a response.
As much as I wish it weren’t true, we can’t control hatred. But we can control hatred’s arsenal.