Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Message from Gabby Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) via Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)

Bernie Sanders

Speaking is still physically difficult for me, but my feelings are clear: I am furious.
We have watched, time and time again, as people describe these mass shootings as unimaginable and unpreventable acts of evil.
But we all know that is not true.
We have seen them before, and we will see them again. And what angers me most is that Congress knows how to solve this problem.
Bernie Sanders has fought to reduce the epidemic levels of gun violence in this country. And at the end of the day, both of us know that the root of this issue lies in the outrageous amounts of money the corporate gun lobby spends buying candidates and elected officials.
So if we want to change the equation, that means Congress must realize they have more to fear from all of us standing together and acting than they do from the gun lobby's money.
That starts with all of us making our voices heard. So today I am asking you to do something important, Ray, I am asking you to take my pledge.

For decades now, the gun lobby has used its power and influence to instill fear into the hearts of legislators in Congress and state capitals across our country.
But that fear is nothing like what those students fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School must have felt as they ran out of the building with their hands in the air as officers ran toward them with their guns drawn.
That fear is nothing like what the children and teachers must have felt at Sandy Hook Elementary School, or the club goers felt in Orlando, or the holiday party attendees felt in San Bernardino as shots rang out all around them.
What those legislators who vote to put the profits of manufacturers ahead of the safety of our communities really feel is cowardice.
They look at the most benign and practical solutions offered by moderates from each party and then they look over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby and choose to do nothing.
This November, we are going to vote them out. But it will only happen if we stand together. And that starts with making your voice heard.
Join me and Senator Bernie Sanders. Pledge to Vote Courage in 2018:
We do not have to accept these horrific acts of violence as routine, and we must never stop demanding that our leaders not only acknowledge this devastating problem, but take long overdue action to keep our children safe.
If Congress won't act, the American voters must.
All my best,
Gabby Giffords

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