Yesterday, an unspeakable tragedy took place on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon.1 As a nation, we grieve for those who lost their lives, the families who lost their loved ones, and the community that lost its sense of peace.
As President Obama said last night in his widely-shared, deeply-felt statement after the shooting, as unspeakable as this heinous act was, it was also—sadly—far too familiar.2 Since the Sandy Hook massacre, there have been 142 shootings at schools.3 And still our political leaders—cowed by the powerful lobbying of the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers—refuse to take meaningful action.
That's why a fellow MoveOn member started this petition to Congress and President Obama that states:
As President Obama remarked yesterday, there are many who might claim that this is no time to be "political." But when is the right time? After 1,000 more deaths? After 10,000?
Can we agree as a nation not one death more? It's time to take courageous action to fight this plague of gun violence and work with our hearts and souls to prevent future such tragedies.Please, take a step with us today by signing this petition.
It won't bring back the lives lost yesterday—or in years past—to senseless gun violence. But if enough of us channel our sadness and rage about yesterday's tragedy in Oregon into concrete action, we can create the social and political force necessary for a sustained and winning fight for commonsense gun violence prevention legislation.
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin K., Nick, Jadzia, Alejandro, and the rest of the team
1. "Authorities Release the Names of the 9 Victims Killed in Oregon," NPR, October 2, 2015
2. "President Obama Remarks on Umpqua Community College Shooting," C-SPAN, October 1, 2015
3. "School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook," EveryTown, accessed October 1, 2015
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