I just received the following email from Organizing for Action, President Obama’s former campaign organization that received no scrutiny from the IRS when it sought tax exempt status. They are using the massacre at the Navy yard the day before yesterday to push their agenda.
If you’re like me, you heard the news about the 12 Americans who died in D.C.’s Navy Yard shooting — and you had those familiar feelings of grief and frustration.
It’s almost unbelievable: More than 8,259 Americans have died due to gun violence since Newtown.
As President Obama said, these events are too common. We all stand numb, trying to wrap our minds around another tragedy that breaks our hearts.
Yet, even though nine in 10 Americans have said they support common-sense measures that would prevent gun violence, Congress has failed to act.
Since the Senate vote failed this spring, OFA supporters have refused to back down — within weeks, we delivered a petition with more than 1.4 million names to leaders in Congress. Just last month, volunteers held hundreds of events across the country, reminding their lawmakers that we’re not going away.
After tragedies like this, now is the time for people like you and me to renew our call for action.
We all have our personal reasons for being a part of this. For me, it’s my desire as a father to keep our kids and our communities safe. If you’d like, I’m encouraging you not just to add your name, but to share a personal reason you’re involved.
The President has done what he can to help — taking executive action to close loopholes in background checks on gun sales, nominating Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and more.
But, as he put it, “Ultimately this is something that Congress is going to have to act on.”
We can pass legislation that helps prevent future gun violence — we just can’t back down now.
The more voices we have on our side, the stronger our call will be.
Add your name to commit to the fight for gun violence prevention legislation today:
Organizing for Action
I don’t recall receiving any emails from OFA asking for help in stopping the violence in Chicago, the new murder capital of the United States. For that matter, I don’t think I’ve received anything mentioning the inner city violence that takes the lives of so many Americans every day of the week.