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When I dropped my kids off at school yesterday, I was filled with a sense of dread and sadness that I've never felt before.  I know I'm not alone.

While our lives will and must go on, we need to act now to protect our children and communities.  Over 100,000 others have done that by signing our open statement to Congress and the National Rifle Association (NRA) to take action to protect our families.

*Can you help us increase that number to 150,000 signatures by adding your signature and urging friends and family to sign on too?

The more signatures we collect, the stronger the message we'll send to Congress, to the NRA, and to the media that parents demand common sense gun policies.

Here's our open statement: We are beyond heartbroken as we think of the first graders and others who died in Connecticut. This was the 16th mass shooting in our nation this year. We are parents. Many NRA members are also parents. And none of us want to live in a nation where children are gunned down. Today is the day for the NRA and for Congress to step up and start proposing laws that protect children and all people.

It's time to put kids and common sense first. The NRA is the largest pro-gun lobby in our country. We need Congress and the NRA to step up and protect our children and communities.

What difference will these signatures make?  Our statement -- and our growing number of signers - is sending a powerful signal to Congress, the NRA, and the media about the passion and depth of common sense gun policies. We'll be sharing our letter directly with Congressional leaders and the NRA in the coming weeks to keep up the pressure for action when our leaders may be tempted to move on.

What's next?  We're going to be reaching out to every member of Congress in D.C. and in local districts urging them to quickly move forward safer gun policies. Stay tuned because we'll need a lot of volunteers to reach every leader and spread our message about the need for safe communities far and wide.

*If you haven't already, please take a moment now to help us reach 150,000 signatures by clicking here:

Thank you for taking action with us on this important issue and being with us as we navigate the road forward together.

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