Yesterday, 45 senators chose to ignore their constituents and stand with the gun lobby. And because of Senate rules, this minority was able to stand in the way of a bipartisan measure to expand background checks for gun sales.
A lot of people are reading the headlines today and wondering how these senators had the nerve to get up there—right in front of victims' families from Newtown—and cast that vote against something that more than 90 percent of Americans support. I'm one of them.
Those senators made a cynical calculation that, at the end of the day, the gun lobby would be louder and stronger than we are.
Yesterday was just round one. We will keep fighting.
If you're one of the millions of Americans who care deeply about preventing gun violence, you need to show it today.
Here's where we go from here:
The senators on both sides of the aisle who stood up to the pressure and cast tough votes to do the right thing—they're going to know that OFA supporters are going to get their backs.
And those senators who decided that not crossing the gun lobby was more important than making our kids and communities safer—OFA supporters will call them out and hold them accountable to their constituents.
The special interests have been at this longer, and they can do a real good job at scaring people by distorting the facts—they think we'll go away quietly.
But there are so many more of us than there are of them. And as long as you don't give up, we're going to keep fighting, and someday soon, we will win.
Add your name right now to say you're going to keep fighting—for the families of Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Chicago, and the thousands of other communities that have been torn apart by gun violence.