Target: Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association Executive Vice-President.
Goal: To get the NRA to drop its opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) must drop its opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and live up to its promise of meaningful change following the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. Although the Newtown tragedy hits closest to home for Americans, children everywhere must be kept safe from gun violence. Children in areas impacted by high rates of gun ownership and violence are at risk of being abducted and trafficked, used as soldiers and sex slaves, forced from their homes or attacked in their schools. The ATT treaty currently being considered by the United Nations would stem the flow of weapons to those who wish to abuse the human rights of others through the use of violence. The NRA has been waging a vicious ad campaign against the treaty and has put heavy pressure on the U.S. government to vote against its passage. Two-thirds of the membership of the UN wants to strengthen regulation of the international arms trade. The NRA has no business in interfering in this process by trying to sway the foreign policy of the United States.
The ATT could save lives every day by establishing global standards on the import and export of weapons. At the moment there is almost no regulation on the international arms trade and those who wish to do harm to others may easily apprehend them through the Internet or an unlicensed dealer.
By dropping its opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty, the NRA can show that it intends to save lives, especially the lives of children. Putting guns in the hands of those who routinely target children, whether it be in Asia, Africa, Europe or the United States, is reckless and a violation of the human rights of everyone. The lives of many are at risk, and the influence of the NRA may keep them at risk. It is time for the NRA to drop its opposition to the international Arms Trade Treaty.
Dear Wayne LaPierre,
The NRA must drop its opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty and live up to your promise for meaningful change after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. Children everywhere must be kept safe from the horrors of gun violence and the ATT aims to do that. Children in areas impacted by high rates of gun ownership and violence are at risk of being abducted and trafficked, used as soldiers and sex slaves, forced from their homes or attacked in their schools.
By dropping your opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty, you can show that your organization intends to help save the lives of children and adults across the globe. The influence of your organization may help to strike down the ATT and you cannot let that happen. The lives of many are at risk.
[Your Name Here]
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