Senate: Don’t Go on Vacation in Midst of School Shooting Tragedy

Target: Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Keep Senate in session until gun violence prevention bills are passed.

Nineteen children went to school on Tuesday, attending honors ceremonies for their hard work and anxiously anticipating the end of another school year and a fun summer ahead. Within an instant, this atmosphere of celebration turned horrific. Ten years after a gunman took the lives of over two dozen elementary school kids, a similar unimaginable act has taken the lives of 19 more and permanently scarred the childhoods of survivors. And ten years after the Newtown massacre, American leaders have done nothing.

The calls have remained strong and unwavering. A bill endorsing expanded background checks (a bill supported by a massive majority of the American public) is still sitting on a Senate desk. A call to ban the type of weapons capable of killing dozens in seconds remains unanswered. Even the attempt to prevent individuals with mental illness from easily securing these weapons is met with “anti-freedom” cries. And in the interim, the country awaits its next tragedy and its next round of thoughts and prayers.

Gridlock and partisanship can no longer be a convenient excuse for inaction. The senators who are not doing their jobs are scheduled to take their summer vacation soon: a privilege these children will never enjoy again. Some of them will be spending their free time shaking hands at a gathering for the gun lobby.

Sign the petition below to demand these so-called leaders stop abandoning their responsibilities and stay in Washington until they can leave with real aid and solutions for the people.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Schumer,

“One nation under guns”: you recently made this declaration, Senator, and you are not wrong. We are not even halfway through the year, and this country is already averaging nearly two mass shootings a day. Thirty of these sites of carnage have been schools, with the latest stealing the lives of 19 fourth graders and two teachers. These children will never attend school, enjoy a care-free summer day, or celebrate important milestones with their families again.

Actions speak louder than words. You have already seemingly assumed a posture of defeat, claiming you have no real hopes for meaningful gun reform legislation and declaring the planned recess will likely still happen. Do not adjourn, Senator. Do not adjourn until you ensure that your colleagues forsake their breezy vacations and their NRA convention attendances and their political rallies. Do not adjourn until they are forced to confront this tragedy and so many others. Do not adjourn until you are ready to step up and get this critical job done, no matter how long it takes or how grueling it becomes.

Make ending the epidemic of gun violence your top priority before the opportunity is lost and the next national tragedy strikes.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dids


20 Comments

  1. Must end theses school shooting!! The kids of today are our future!! Do something about this before it gets any later!

  2. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    THE ONLY WAY TO CHANGE THINGS IS TO PROHIBIT BIG MONEY DONATIONS TO POLITICIANS FROM CORPORATIONS, ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS.

  3. Kory Chatelain says:

    Our elected representatives don’t care. All they care about is kowtowing to the NRA for political donations. Republicans had their chance after Sandy Hook and they did NOTHING. It is now time to vote them out in November.

    • Agreed. That would be REPUBLICANS taking money from NRA. FYI.Even though this says Schumer is going on vacation. Not really. He works from home. I know this because i live near him and and one of my clients lives in her building.

    • Joyce O'Malley says:

      That’s right – THEY DON’T CARE!! THEY NEVER HAVE CARED – THEY NEVER WILL CARE!! IF THEY DID CARE – THIS KIND OF SHOOTING AND KILLING WOULD NOT HAPPEN – REPEATEDLY – AND THERE WOULD BE GUN CONTROL AND BANS ON AUTOMATIC WEAPONS IN THE USA!!

  4. lisa black says:

    The TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY ARE COWARDS!Bottom line is that the so called law enforcement, the police that are supposed to protect and serve are COWARDS! They thought only of their own safety while children and teachers were being murdered! They should Turn their badges, they aren’t worthy!Shameful!

  5. Joyce O'Malley says:

    Its quit obvious the USA politicians and lawmakers don’t give a rip about gun control and don’t care about kids safety in public schools!! This happens several times a year and its the same
    story – the media blasts it – the politicians have fake remorse – and in the end – NOTHING IS DONE ABOUT GUN CONTROL AND THE SALE OF AUTOMATIC WEAPONS IN THE USA!! Then a month or so later the same kind of shooting and killing happens again!!

  6. Tony Lee says:

    This is absolutely horrific. And the past also. Unfortunately it will happen again and again and again until you all collectively come together as a nation to stop this. What will it take? How many more to die needlessly?
    Kids never deserve to die but you will keep on getting these tragedies. Who has a right to bear arms? Crazy America !!

  7. Therese Kutscheid says:

    I am Australian far away from shooting in US but it hurts to know that somewhere in the world innocent children are gun down because of one sick person decided to shoot innocent children. I don’t understand why in US people need guns. If no one except army and police would have guns I strongly believe many more shootings would not happen.
    For that person that promotes their business on such occasion like this I have no respect whatsoever. It is an uncaring, selfish person.

  8. Patricia Leigh Wicker says:

    SHAME ON YOU SENATE!!!!!!!!

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