Listen, I'm going to get political for a minute. If you don't like it, now's your time to run. Actually, now's your time to buck up and read this because you can't keep running from our country's problems just because you don't like conflict.
This week, after watching the horrific news of yet another mass shooting in our country, I was FED UP. I was no longer shocked by the news, I was just appalled - I couldn't believe we had let this happen again. Yes, WE. You and me. We did this.
Because by standing back and doing nothing about gun violence in America, we definitely aren't solving the problem. By ignoring the tough conversations with our family, friends and government officials, we are contributing to the deaths of more and more innocent people.
Personally, I'm DONE.
I don't know what the answer is, but I do know I'm tired of watching the news and thinking I can't do anything about it. I have a voice. And I am choosing to use it ... and share it with all of you.
Below is a copy of the letter I just wrote and sent to all of my congressmen. I decided to post it because I think a lot of you may want to do the same, but you have no idea what to say or how to say it. Well, feel free to copy and paste what I've written and make it your own.
Some people think writing letters is pointless. But if enough of us start sending them, start making our voices heard, then the receivers on the other end will have no choice but to listen.
Here are the links to find your U.S. Senators and Representatives.
It will take you all of 3 minutes to find their contact pages on their websites, copy and paste this letter, and hit SEND. Do it today. NOW. And maybe we can save the lives of innocent people.
There’s no easy way to start this conversation, so I’ll cut to the chase: It’s time to DO SOMETHING about gun violence in America. No more thoughts and prayers, no more hope for a better future. No more pointing fingers at other parties and organizations. It’s time to do something, ANYTHING, to stop the shooting and murder of innocent people.
I’m not going to pretend I have the answers to this problem. Maybe it’s a ban on high-powered rifles, maybe stronger background checks, or longer waiting periods … Maybe. To any of these suggestions, a lot of people say, “It won’t work” or “It’s not enough.” But, how do you know until you try?
Do you know what doesn’t work? DOING NOTHING. Because that’s essentially what we’ve done since Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Orlando, and now Las Vegas. Are you going to let the same be said when the next mass shooting happens? Or are you going to take the great power given to you by the American people and stop us from killing each other?
As a member of the U.S. Congress, you have a massive responsibility to serve your constituents. You are also among some of the best and brightest minds in our country – on BOTH ends of the political spectrum. Take this opportunity to sit down with them and talk, REALLY talk, about what we can do to end gun violence. And then? TAKE ACTION. Make a change. Make a difference … so one day we can look back on this time in our history and say, “That’s when we came together.”
The conversations won’t be easy. The answers won’t be clear. But, if you want our children and grandchildren to live in a world where gun violence isn’t just another story you scroll by on the Internet, you must refuse to accept no for an answer. You must DO SOMETHING. Right now.