From Newtown Action Alliance: Condolences are not enough, please take action to end gun violence!
Our hearts are very heavy today on the first day of school in Newtown. We remember the 20 beautiful children and the six educators and our hearts are with their families.
We are also heartbroken by the senseless shooting in Virginia that took the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward yesterday. The members of the Newtown Action Alliance would like to express our deepest sympathy for the sudden and tragic loss. We understand that words are not adequate in these circumstances but we offer them in the hope that they will provide even some small comfort. The families, the friends, coworkers at WBDJ7 and the community of Roanoke are in our thoughts and in our hearts.
We are also angry that Congress has not taken action to prevent these senseless shootings after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting almost three years ago. Newtown should have been the watershed moment in America when lives mattered more than the corporate gun profits.
We know firsthand that condolences are not enough to prevent the bloodshed therefore we call on our friends, neighbors, coworkers and families to honor Alison Parker and Adam Ward by taking action to #EndGunViolence by calling your Senator at 202-224-3121 to urge them to finish the job on the background check law to keep guns away from dangerous people.
It is up to us to hold our elected leaders accountable. We need your help to protect our children and families in our homes, schools, colleges, movie theaters, malls, workplaces and places of worship. The constitutional right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" should prevail.
The Newtown Action Alliance is a grassroots organization formed after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It works to make America’s children, families, and all citizens safer through legislative and cultural change that will reduce gun violence in our nation.
Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 3325, Newtown CT 06470
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I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
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