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Shortly after 9:30 am on December 14, 2012 a mentally disturbed gunmen entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT and used a semi-automatic assault rifle and 2 semi-automatic pistols to murder 20 innocent children, mostly kindergarteners, and 6 courageous adults after he had killed his mother in their home.
The hearts of Americans and people around the world are breaking as a result of this senseless violence. While broken hearts reflect our deepest values and humanity, they are not enough!
It is time for all Americans to compel our government to make reasonable and common sense gun reforms NOW! President Kennedy, who was brought down by an assassin's bullets , said, "If not us, who? If not now, when?"
While Americans are ambivalent about "gun control" in general, in repeated polls the MAJORITY of Americans support 5 simple reforms that can make our country safer for all Americans without infringing on our Constitutional rights:
1. Background Checks
3. No guns for felons/mentally ill
4. No semi-automatic weapons
5. No high capacity clips
We are not a Republican America or a Democratic America. We are the United States of America and we believe that the overwhelming majority of Americans support reasonable, sensible gun reforms now.
We ask ALL Americans - mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, sisters and brothers, loved ones and friends, Republicans and Democrats, gun owners and non-gun owners, people of all faiths and people of no faith - to JOIN us in enacting common sense gun controls that protect all Americans, particularly our children, while affirming our Constitutional rights.
We do not believe that these two objectives - affirming the Constitution and enhancing our safety are incompatible. In fact, we believe that strengthening both of these fundamental values affirms the highest principles - rights and freedom, compassion and community - upon which our country was founded.
While some on both sides would support the extreme of "all guns" or "no guns," and there are those who will oppose us, we believe that sensible reform must balance respect for our Constitution with the protection of the most vulnerable members of society.
We believe that common sense gun reform must be based on the following Four Principles:
1. Affirm and Respect the Second Amendment's, "....right to bear arms";
2. Universal Registration and Background Checks;
3. No Guns for Felons/Severe Mental Illness;
4. Ban Assault Weapons and High Capacity Clips;
If you agree with us, please SIGN our petition and SHARE this with everyone you know.
In addition, please CONTACT our leaders and compel them to enact common sense gun reform based on these 4 Principles NOW!
Contact the President at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Contact your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Contact your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
If you agree with these simple principles for common sense gun reform, you must make your voice heard in our democracy!
As Abraham Lincoln, who was also brought down by an assassin's bullet, said, "With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds."
Let us all come together as Americans in honor of the 20 innocent children and 7 courageous adults who were slain in Newtown, CT. and join together to bind up our nation's wounds. Let us not standby and let these 20 innocent children and 7 courageous adults deaths be in vain.