Make Congress Talk About Gun Violence

Target: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Goal: Make Congress talk about gun violence after every moment of silence.

After a new mass shooting, Congress often holds a moment of silence in the victims’ honor, but afterwards it does nothing to prevent more gun violence happening in the future. To solve this problem, Congress should be required to have a discussion about gun violence after every moment of silence. This would honor the victims much more than just a moment of silence, because it shows that their deaths were significant enough to enact change. Demand that Congress have a hearing about gun violence after every moment of silence.

In the past decade, Americans have seen over 200 mass killings due to gun violence. It is an epidemic that seems to be eerily unique to the United States. No one is spared from this senseless violence; not movie-goers, not church members, not elementary school children. That is why representative Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, and several other Democrats have come up with a resolution that would force Congress to have a committee hearing on gun violence within ten days of every moment of silence.

That is all the amendment is asking for. It is not calling for a ban on all guns, or saying which people have access to guns and which do not, or allowing gun manufacturers to be sued for mass shootings. All it will do is make Congress have a serious conversation on gun violence instead of just a moment of silence. There is no reason for Republicans to reject this resolution.

Nothing can change if there is no discussion about it. Sign this petition to make sure that Congress opens up the conversation about gun violence after every mass shooting.


Dear Speaker Ryan,

Representative Louise Slaughter has proposed a resolution that would require Congress to discuss gun violence after every moment of silence for a mass shooting. This resolution is not calling for a ban on guns or any other form of gun control, it will just ensure that this important topic is not swept away after a procedural moment of silence. This resolution needs to be passed so that Congress can start to take action to end gun violence.

The United States has an extremely high mass shooting rate compared to other developed countries. The number of deaths we see every year due to gun violence is tragic, and our government’s negligence to the issue is embarrassing. Change always begins with discussion, and this resolution would help foster this vital conversation. Gun violence is not something to remain silent about; pass this resolution and let change begin.


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