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May 5, 2013

Dear Million Mom March Supporter:

Tomorrow begins our “Mother’s Day Week of Action, May 6-12!” This will be a series of actions you can take throughout the week to urge Congress to support sensible gun legislation.

First some background on what is happening on the Senate side:

As you are probably aware, in the Senate, a bi-partisan compromise background check bill in the Senate sponsored by Senators Toomey (R) and Manchin (D) sadly, failed last month. However, because of a procedure vote change by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the bill could come back up in the Senate for a second vote and this time, we have a very good chance of having it pass. Public outcry has been so intense over the Senators who voted against this very common-sense bill (that in no way infringes on anyone’s Second Amendment Rights and does not establish a national registry like the NRA would have you believe), that the tide in the Senate may be shifting. Citizens have been speaking out at Town Hall Meetings all week praising Senators such as John McCain of Arizona who went against his party for voting “Yes” on the bill and condemning Senators Such as Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, the only one of 22 Eastern Senators to vote “No” on the bill.

Now some background on what is happening on the House side:

Frustrated at the lack of action in the Senate, a bi-partisan team of Congressman have co-sponsored a background check bill identical to the Senate Manchin-Toomey bill. It is called H.R. 1565. Currently, there are over 100 co-sponsors to the bill which is a wonderful thing. Sadly, most of the co-sponsors are Democrats. We urgently need more co-sponsors, particularly Republican co-sponsors. The more co-sponsors the House bill can garner, the more pressure there will be on the holdout Senators that we need to convince to change their votes.

And now for your Week of Action!

Here is what we would like you to do each day this week and please keep this in mind – while the focus you will soon see of many of these efforts is regarding the background check bill in both the Senate and the House, we are still hoping that Amendments will be offered in both chambers to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazine bans so please feel free to state your support for these bans in your comments to legislators as well:

Monday – 1) Please change your Facebook profile photo to the image attached to this email and leave it up through Mother’s Day.

2) Text #MYVOICE to 877877 and enter your zip code to hear a celebrity spokesperson (maybe even a celebrity mom!) tell you why this is so important — then be connected to your Representative’s office and tell them!

3) Post on your wall and ask all of your friends to ask their Representatives to please co- sponsor H.R. 1565, a background check bill in the house that will keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

Tuesday – 1) Go to the following link and check to see if your Congressman has co-sponsored H.R. 1565: Click here for the current list of co-sponsors.

2) If not, please your Representative at the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224- 3121 and asks that you be connected to his or her office. Leave a message for your Representative stating your name and your hometown and a brief statement saying you respectfully request that the Congressman show leadership and co-sponsor H.R. 1565 along with so many of his colleagues to show the American people that he cares about them and more about the public safety of our children than he cares about the narrow interests of the gun lobby.

3) If your Congressman has already co-sponsored, then look at who is missing from the list of co-sponsors and contact your friends and family in those districts and ask them to contact their Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this life-saving bill as well

Wednesday - 1) Draft and send a Letter to the Editor of a local or national publication expressing your feeling about gun violence and the need for Congress to lead on this and bring about much needed legislation to make our country a safer place. If you have never written an LTE before, just look for the guidelines posted online for most all of publications.

2) If you haven’t already done so, please sign this petition by President Obama to encourage Congress to act responsibly about gun legislation: http://my.barackobama.com/Sign-the-Petition

Thursday - There were 45 Senators who voted “NO” on the background check bill last month but we are asking you to please call just this targeted list of Senators who voted “NO” on the background check bill last month that we feel may be persuadable to change their vote. Please encourage them to show leadership by changing their vote the next time it comes up and vote “YES” on this life-saving bill that will keep dangerous guns out of dangerous hands. It doesn’t matter if these individuals are not your Senators – your fate and the safety of our country lies in their hands so they need to hear from all of us. Please also encourage your friends from any of the states represented by these targets to call them, tell the assistant that answers the phone that they are a constituent who wants to leave a message for the Senator — that they are dismayed by his/her vote on the background check bill and they expect them to change it next time it comes up.

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) 202-224-2651

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) 202-224-2043

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) 202-224-2353

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) 202-224-3004

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) 202-224-3521

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) 202-224-3643

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) 202-224-5623

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) 202-224-3324

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) 202-224-6244

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 202-224-3353

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) 202-224-4521

Friday- If you are interested in participating in a NO MORE NAMES vigil in your area on Mother’s Day or another day this week, please go to the following link: http://www.nomorenames.org/ This is a very dignified reading of the names of the more than 3,000 people that have been killed by guns in the United States since the Newtown shootings in December. Volunteers are asked to come and read names aloud for an hour or two. No More Name Vigils will be taking place in communities all over the country. If there is none in your area, and you would like to organize one, please contact me.

Saturday – 1) Consider inviting a group of your friends over to your house for a letter-writing campaign, where you would write to each of the hold-out Senators and your Representatives, if they have not yet co-sponsored H.R.1565, if you would like sample letters, I would be happy to send them to you. Letters can be emailed, faxed, or hand- delivered. If you are going to mail them, we encourage you to mail them to district offices because they can take weeks to circulate through the Federal post offices because of the anthrax scare from years ago.

Sunday On Mother’s Day, please remember the mother’s who have lost children to gun violence. Remember them in your private thoughts, in prayers in houses of worship, on your Facebook page and on Twitter, and resolve to fight as hard as you can this year to bring about the needed changes to our weak gun laws to ensure that no other mother, or father (or anyone) has to lose a child to gun violence again. Thank you!

With deepest appreciation for all that you do,

Martina

Martina Leinz
President, Northern Virginia Chapter
Million Mom March

 

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