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This piece was originally published in the May 26, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

“The time to stop the next shooting is right now and you are doing nothing … This is on you, until you choose to do something different. This will continue to happen. Somebody needs to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed, just like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday.” — Former Rep. and Gubernatorial Candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) to Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX)

For the second time in as many weeks, an American city has become the axis of unbearable tragedy as we mourn the 19 grade-school students and two teachers killed in Uvalde, Texas. 

This shouldn’t happen. The suspected shooter shouldn’t have been able to purchase a weapon capable of this destruction. But he could and he did, thanks to increasingly lax gun laws in the state. States aren’t islands, and the freedom of movement between them means that this is a national crisis that demands a national solution. 

While MAGA Republicans send empty thoughts and prayers, we’re demanding action. It’s time to put every member of Congress on the record—who will do what it takes to protect our kids? 

Call your senator at the number below, and share this graphic to encourage everyone to do the same and fight for gun safety measures:

Graphic reads "gun violence is now the leading cause of death for American kids." A box below that says "call your senator at 202-224-3121 and urge them to take action to protect our kids."

 

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