Call on Local Officials and NRA Leadership to Keep Our Children Safe
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Stand with David Wheeler, father of Ben, age 6, killed in his first-grade classroom along with 19 other children and 6 of their educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14/12.
As the 5th-year marker approaches, join us in signing David's (abridged) letter below to NRA President Pete Brownell (and CEO of Brownells, world’s leading supplier of gun parts) to call on local officials and NRA leadership to keep our children safe.
Together with the concerned citizens of Grinnell and www.Newtownfilm.com are proposing three calls to action:
- Call on your local officials to ask for universal background checks and let them know your opposition to the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
- Call on NRA President, Peter Brownell, to engage with the public in a fruitful dialogue around the public’s concerns regarding violent marketing videos as well as marketing products such as bump stocks.
- Call for increased federal funding for gun violence research which will help save lives.
We welcome all to stand with David, gun-owners and gun-reform advocates alike.
November 27, 2017
Dear Mr. Brownell,
We haven't met, but like you, I’m the father of three.
Also like you, I go to an office to work each morning. And like me, you might agree that our real job is being a dad: preparing our children, guiding them, and keeping them safe. If you're like me, at times you feel like you've failed.
These last five years I feel I’ve failed. Because I have another son—one I could not keep safe. As capable and curious and as sparklingly wonderful as his brothers, he was killed in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School when he was six. I had one job and couldn't do it. I couldn't do it because no dad can. No dad can promise his child that he won't be murdered in his classroom, at the movies, a concert, or shopping center. Perhaps we can’t absolutely eliminate gun violence, but we can diminish it and I have a hard time believing that all dads wouldn’t agree on that.
A few years ago my family took part in the making of a nonpartisan documentary, NEWTOWN, that showed our town as is like now—after the events of December 14, 2012. I invite you, as my guest, to the local screening. I also welcome you to a post-screening discussion as several of my friends from Newtown join members of your community including gun owners, clergy, doctors, teachers, law enforcement, and dads—like you and me—as an example of positive civil dialogue.
One dad’s sense of failure--when sincerely joined by dissimilar voices--may help lessen the failure felt by all dads; past, present, and future.
We welcome all to stand with David, and it is particularly important to hear from fellow-fathers, gun-owners and gun-reform advocates alike.
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