Week in Review 6/1/2018
By the time today ends, 96 more people will die from gun violence, while hundreds more will be injured. This is not a one-time occurrence. This happens every day in America.
More children have been killed by guns since the Sandy Hook school shooting than U.S. soldiers in combat following 9/11. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that 57 percent of U.S. teenagers are worried that a shooting could take place at their own school - and one in four are "very worried" about the chance.
American voters support stricter gun laws 66 - 31 percent, the highest level of support ever measured by the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll. This includes 50 percent of gun owners, as well. Support for universal background checks is itself almost universal at 97 percent.
Nevertheless, Congress fails to pass meaningful legislation to end gun violence. Who are they listening to instead? The NRA, who spent $54 million in the 2016 election on the presidential and congressional races.
You can stand up to the NRA now. Click here and donate to JAC's candidates. They take our safety seriously and will do the right thing. If you are in the Chicago area on June 11th, come to JAC's Power of Women Luncheon, featuring Fred Guttenberg, father of slain Parkland student Jaime. He will be joined by two Parkland students. (Click here for more information and to RSVP.)
Today is National Gun Violence Day. Events are planned across the country to raise awareness. But the only event that will count is November 8 - Election Day. Change will happen only when we vote out NRA candidates and elect candidates who will use courage over politics to finally say #Enough.
"The scourge of school shootings happens here not because of the consequence of bad luck, but because of the consequence of inaction. We (Congress) are responsible," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has said.
Use your vote to hold Congress accountable. Our children are counting on us.