The shooting in Roseburg, OR last week motivated me to write letters to my representatives encouraging them to pass sensible gun control laws.
I’m listing the Oregon reps (and their contact info) to whom I wrote, and below that I will include the basic letter that I wrote and adapted for each representative.
It’s not okay to take my writing from this site without my permission, but today, everyone has my permission for this post. Please- take my letter and use it! Write to your representatives and adapt my letter to make it say how you feel. Make your voice be heard!
I’m sick and tired and frustrated, but I am also realistic. I know there’s a good chance that all these reps will ignore my letter. That is what it is. But at least I did something.
Today, I did something.
What will you do?
1. Kate Brown – Governor
2. Ron Wyden – Senator
3. Jeff Merkley – Senator
(I also wrote to my state senators and local representative but choose not to list them here.)
Dear __________ ,
I have never written to any of my representatives before, but I am compelled to write now because of yet another horrific mass shooting, this time in Roseburg, Oregon.
I live in __________ and I am a wife, a mother, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon.
I watched the press conference in Roseburg the day after the shooting where Governor Brown, Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, and Representative DeFazio spoke. Not one of you spoke about possible solutions to the cancer that is gun violence. Governor Brown said that ‘today is not that day’ to speak about solutions. She is alarmingly wrong- the time is now.
This is the time for action. You can best honor the dead and the grieving by passing sensible gun control laws.
I do not know how to solve the massive problem of gun violence in this country, but I do know that gun control laws must be included. They work. They’ve worked for other developed countries like ours. It’s time to stop hiding your heads in the sand. It’s time to stop caving to gun lobbyists. It’s time to start crafting an evidence-based approach and get to work. It’s time for you to start doing your job to help make your community feel safe.
In the time it took me to craft this letter, about another four people have died from gun violence (according to the CDC, a person dies every 17 minutes from gun violence in the United States).
How many more people have to die before you take action?