This morning, my phone lit up with news alerts about another mass shooting. When I saw “Brooklyn” in the headlines, my heart stopped. How many times have my husband and I walked the streets of Brooklyn and rode the subway during trips to see our daughter, or to visit friends?
A man had opened fire  on a busy Brooklyn train platform crowded with commuters, injuring 10, and with multiple other people hurt due to the panic. The shooter is still at large. This news — along with the fact that there have been over 119 mass shootings in 2022 so far alone  — has shattered forever the belief of safety for our loved ones.
Tell Congress that we demand safety for our loved ones and for our communities, no matter where they are. Demand that Congress take action on gun violence now, starting with the small first steps of passing universal background checks on gun sales, and banning insanely lethal assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
Mercifully, our friends and family in Brooklyn are all safe. For now. But too many friends and family members are mourning losses today.
We have an emergency. Over the last few years, the already-sky-high rates of gun violence in the United States have soared even further, and gun sales are at record highs. There is an unending parade of headline news about the latest mass shooting, and of heart-wrenching stories of students and teachers, of mothers and fathers, of sons and daughters, of family members, going about their business, being killed or injured by guns, and their families and communities traumatized forever.
The gun violence, the gun violence…. It must stop.
Our elected leaders have no greater responsibility than to keep us safe, and we cannot continue to accept their utter failure to do so.
Congress must take action on gun violence now, starting with the small first steps of passing universal background checks on gun sales, and banning insanely lethal assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
Please share with your own loved ones and ask them to sign too. Ask them to add their voice to yours so that we can unite together to demand safety for all of us.
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