Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank the President for taking executive action in response to gun violence
In light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and continued gun violence all over the nation, discussion and anticipation of gun law reform has escalated over the last few weeks. At the start of the 2013 legislative session, Congress brought to the table 13 new bills related to gun laws. Going up against a strong pro-gun lobby and past legislative failures, many gun control advocates were skeptical and pessimistic about the government mustering the courage to enact new laws. It appears, however, that the President and many lawmakers will not back down this time.
The New York State Senate recently passed the first gun legislation after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said of the new laws: “I’m proud to be a New Yorker because New York is doing something — because we are fighting back.”
After the tragedy in Sandy Hook, President Obama ordered a gun task force headed by Vice President Joe Biden to meet with various groups and come up with a series of proposals. A representative from The National Rifle Association (NRA) was present at the discussions. The NRA, who promised “meaningful contribution” to the gun violence dialogue, expressed public dismay at the recommendations that Biden and the task force came up with, saying, “It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.”
Although passing legislation in Congress presents a larger battle given a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, President Obama has issued 23 executive orders that will go into effect immediately. The orders include a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign, and releases a Department of Justice report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and makes it widely available to law enforcement. The President has also presented a series of measures to Congress including universal background checks on all gun sales, a 10 round limit on ammunition magazines, and other measures that Congressional lawmakers are prepared to aggressively pursue in the coming weeks.
Public opinion polls show that a majority of Americans support many of these common-sense solutions.
Thank President Obama for standing up to the gun lobby and taking executive action to curb gun violence.
Dear President Obama,
Thank you for taking important first steps in addressing the grave situation of gun violence in our nation. You have provided hope to a majority of Americans who want to end the violent massacres that have destroyed families and left a dark scar on the legacy of America as the greatest country in the world. On behalf of the victims of gun violence, and Americans everywhere who do not want to fear sending their children to school or going into a movie theater, we thank you.
We hope you continue to work with Congress to implement more solutions to this problem. Although the gun lobby will try to hurl repugnant attacks and intimidate, you handily won reelection without them. Most Americans believe in you and believe in these solutions. Do not back down.
Again, thank you for showing us the kind of leader you are. Your brave and relentless pursuit to end gun violence will be a part of your legacy as a great American President.
[Your Name Here]
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