Demanding stronger gun laws for the safety of everyone.
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Dear Pennsylvania reps. who have chosen to vote against strengthening gun laws,
We are the students, faculty, and loved ones of the state of Pennsylvania. We are asking for a few moments of your time to express our concern and overall disappointment at the handling of the most recent episodes of gun violence in our country. As you know, 17 students were killed on Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who killed these students had the opportunity to purchase and bring an AR-15 semi-automatic gun into the school that day. We as a community will not stand idly by as Congress and this country’s legislative leadership continues to silence our pleas for change.
Now, we do not want to insult your intelligence with statistics on gun violence and specifically how they affect schools. We are aware that you know them or have heard them in the recent weeks. Maybe something you don’t understand what it is like to be constantly disregarded and have your voice muted by others because of your age. Maybe what you also don’t know or understand is what it is like to be a student and have the constant debilitating fear of a possible armed intruder coming into your school and harming you, your friends, and your teachers - people you care about and not being able to do anything about it. This is something that you don’t have and something that you and your people have continually ignored because of the $23,080,428 that the NRA has donated to politicians like you since 1990.
What we demand is action. What we demand is change. Thoughts and prayers have their place, but so does justice. We demand the banning of all assault-style weapons (automatic and semi-automatic) and their modifications. We also demand the return of the Assault Weapons Ban from 1994 that expired in 2004. We demand the passage of the Manchin-Toomey Bill 2015 and the Murphy Amendment 2016 which never left the Senate floor. The choice is simple. There is strength in numbers and ours are growing. This generation is the next group of voters. Either step up and make the change, or you will be forced to step down so that someone else will.
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