Sign the Petition to President Obama and members of Congress

We Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence – NOW! The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut is a tragedy beyond comprehension. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and the community that has been shattered by this horrific act of violence. "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them we must change." -Barack Obama in Newtown, CT President Obama gave a moving speech and promised to take action to prevent future tragedies. But the harsh truth is that we’ve heard this promise before. After Aurora. After Tucson. After Virginia Tech. After Columbine. Promises are not enough. We need action.

Signed,

Progressive Impact

Working together, we can bring about meaningful, commonsense gun reform in this country. One of the most important things you can do is sign and share this petition with as many of your family and friends as possible. We need to show that there is a large movement of people coming together to Demand A Plan!

In addition to signing and sharing the petition, see below for more ways to take action and get involved.

MAKE SOME CALLS Call President Obama and your members of Congress.

- Call the White House: 202-456-1111 - Look up your Senator - Look up your Representatives

Tell him or her: - I urge you to support requiring a criminal background check for every gun buyer. - 40% of all gun sales are private-party sales and are not subject to a background check under Federal law. - We need background checks on all gun sales to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

REACH OUT TO YOUR MAYOR Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a bipartisan coalition of more than 725 mayors - representing 57 million Americans – who support common-sense gun laws.

Find out if your mayor is in the coalition here. If they are, thank them!

If they aren't, contact them and mention: - There are 34 gun murders every day in the U.S. - Please join the 725+ mayors – from 43 different states – in our bipartisan coalition. - This is not about the Second Amendment. It's about keeping guns out of dangerous hands.

USE SOCIAL MEDIA Advocate for change on Twitter and Facebook. Click the blue buttons above to share the petition.

You should tweet about the issue and consider using the hashtag #DemandAPlan.

ORGANIZE IN YOUR COMMUNITY Put together vigils, roundtable discussions, and rallies. Let us know what you're up to by emailing organize@mayorsagainstillegalguns.org.

People of faith across the country will be hosting a Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence on the Jan. 5-6, 2013. We'll send out more information as it becomes available.

WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR When sending a letter to your local newspaper you might want to note:

- More than 725 mayors – representing 57 million Americans – support common-sense gun laws. Congress should too! - Gun owners are also worried about illegal guns. In fact, 74 percent of NRA members agree that we should require background checks for all gun sales.

DON'T BE SILENCED Stay committed. With each new mass shooting, pundits and politicians like to say that now is not the time. We work alongside gun violence survivors and family members of victims. Their message is crystal clear: we cannot let moments of silence replace meaningful action. Now IS the time – and your help will make a big difference.

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