Yesterday, the Senate took four votes on gun violence.
All four failed. That is unacceptable.
Ask them not to leave for the July 4th recess without passing legislation to meaningfully address gun violence.
I'm heartbroken and frustrated by the tragedy in Orlando. And, in a different way, I'm also heartbroken and frustrated by the lack of political will — the lack of action — among members of Congress to prevent the next Orlando, Sandy Hook, or Virginia Tech and the thousands of deaths that occur from gun violence every year in our country.
But political will doesn't come from members of Congress alone. It comes from us. We, as constituents, can demand that our elected representatives do more than boost their own talking points. We can demand real action.
We didn't win yesterday, but it's not over. There are too many lives at stake.
At FCNL, we follow a long legacy that’s been filled with struggle. We don’t give up because the politics are hard. Our roots of political engagement are deeper and stronger than the fickle winds of media attention.
And when gun deaths are so common that they don't even make the news, when Orlando was one of 43 shootings that day, when an average of 112 people are killed or injured by gun violence every day in the U.S. — here's what we must remember: It doesn't have to be this way.
The U.S. is alone among our peer nations with this level of gun violence. Other countries have demonstrated that common sense gun safety measures can dramatically curb both mass shootings and gun violence in general.
Contact your members of Congress today, tomorrow, and as long as it takes until gun violence prevention legislation becomes law.
P.S. If you care about Congress acting to address gun violence, then make sure every candidate who wants to represent you knows it. Show up to town hall meetings and candidate forums. Volunteer your time and money for candidates you believe in. Progress can be slow, but it won’t happen at all if we disengage. And at no time is political engagement more important than in the midst of a major election season.