"When will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby? Whose child has to die next?"
That's what many of us would like to know.
My nine-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was murdered with a gun in Tucson, Arizona two years ago today.
Since that day, far too many families have gone through similar pain.
Families in Aurora, Colorado. Families in Newtown, Connecticut. Families of the 33 people who are murdered with guns every single day across America.
How many more families need to feel that pain before our leaders take action? What will it take for them to find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?
Thank you for supporting families like mine whose loved ones were murdered with guns,
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
And via the Demand a Plan site:
Tell your lawmakers that you are calling because we need a plan to end gun violence NOW. We can prevent future tragedies by passing common sense legislation that will:
- Require criminal background checks for ALL gun sales, including private sales
- Ban assault weapons, including high-capacity magazines
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime
And while we're on the subject, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly launched a battle against the gun lobby: No more "fear":
In an op-ed in USA Today, the two make their goal clear: to counter the influence of the gun lobby.
"Special interests purporting to represent gun owners but really advancing the interests of an ideological fringe have used big money and influence to cow Congress into submission," they write.
"Rather than working to find the balance between our rights and the regulation of a dangerous product, these groups have cast simple protections for our communities as existential threats to individual liberties. Rather than conducting a dialogue, they threaten those who divert from their orthodoxy with political extinction."
Emphasizing that they support the Second Amendment and own two guns themselves, Giffords and Kelly call for "laws to require responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence."
"Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups. No longer. With Americans for Responsible Solutions engaging millions of people about ways to reduce gun violence and funding political activity nationwide, legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby."