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Call to Action: May 22, 2018


OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER. END GUN VIOLENCE NOW


Our children deserve a chance to achieve their potential. Our children deserve to live without fear of gun violence.  Trump and his GOP are robbing our children’s futures because they are beholden to the NRA.

The problem is not parents or teachers.  It is guns.  It is not TV or video games. It is guns.  When more American children die in schools from gun violence than American soldiers die in military combat, it is guns.

It is guns that loudly invade our children’s lives with mass shootings and active shooter drills.  It is guns that quietly inflict a toll on our children when 96 people are murdered every day.

Trump and his GOP won’t admit guns are the issue because they are loyal to the NRA.  They speak at NRA conventions and accept money from the NRA, including money the NRA has taken from Russia that may influence our elected officials in ways that put our children at further risk from gun violence.

Congress must pass comprehensive gun reform and shun the NRA. 

They must be the leaders our children need. If this Congress won’t, we must vote in one that will!


**ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS**

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN:
(Leave a message if you can’t get through)

“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. We are failing our children and must protect them from gun violence.  I am calling to thank the Senator for his opposition to the NRA’s top priority, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 446. However, he must do more. I’m asking him to  1) introduce, support and pass comprehensive gun legislation now and 2) investigate the NRA’s ties to Russia and reject the NRA’s nonprofit status.”

SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
https://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/SENATOR RON WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/


**ACTION TWO: CALL NRA DONATION RECIPIENT GREG WALDEN**

SAMPLE SCRIPT:
(Leave a message if you can’t get through)

“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent and voter from [city], Oregon [zip code].  We have to protect our children’s futures from gun violence.  I am calling to ask Greg Walden to 1) stop accepting money from the NRA and other gun industry lobbies,  2) to introduce, support and pass comprehensive gun legislation now and 3) investigate the NRA’s ties to Russia and reject the NRA’s nonprofit status.”


**ACTION THREE: REMEMBER FOR THE MIDTERMS**

It has become clear that we need a different Congress to protect our children from gun violence.

  • Make sure you and everyone you know is registered to vote.
  • Make sure every candidate for Congress is answering questions about how they will work to work to protect our children from gun violence.

The 2018 elections will be the most important of our lives. Our children’s lives depend on it.