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Open Letter to Congress and the President from Gun Violence Survivors

Our hearts are broken and we stand with the entire Las Vegas community, especially those whose lives have been irrevocably changed by the horrific shooting this week.

Some of us are parents, siblings and children of those killed or wounded by gun violence. Some of us are survivors who have been wounded in shootings or who have witnessed terrible acts of gun violence. Collectively, we have been affected by urban and rural gun violence, domestic violence, hate crimes, suicide, mass shootings, unsolved shootings, and unintentional shootings. We know firsthand that shootings devastate families and communities across our country every single day, and we will live with the effects of gun violence for the rest of our lives.

We come from communities across America and we are united in our love for this country. We are also gun owners, veterans, small business owners, educators, doctors and first responders. We are Republicans, Independents, and Democrats. We come from many diverse and different backgrounds, and we are united in our commitment to fighting to keep all of our communities safe. We believe that we can support common-sense policies to prevent gun violence and the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Today, in the wake of the largest mass shooting in modern American history, we are outraged and must decide what kind of country we want to live in. Some members of Congress say it’s too soon to discuss gun violence prevention in America. We say it’s too late.

Together, we ask you, our President and elected representatives in Congress, to commit to meaningful action so fewer families are shattered by the uniquely American nightmare of gun violence.

Together, we ask you to stand up to the leadership of the NRA and vote against legislation gutting our gun safety laws regarding silencers and concealed carry reciprocity. We ask you to reject the NRA’s extremist agenda and pass meaningful legislation, such as comprehensive background checks legislation, to help prevent gun violence in America.

We ask you to remember us and our loved ones when you vote. And if you do not, we pledge to remember you—and replace you—when we vote next November.

You must decide where you stand and with whom you will stand.

Will you continue to serve the leadership of the NRA, their blood-stained profits, and their “guns everywhere” agenda? Or will you stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans and gun owners who support common-sense gun laws to keep us safe?

We know where we stand. We stand on the side of fighting to protect our children, families, and communities.

We stand on the side of safety and valuing human life.

We stand on the right side of history.

WILL YOU JOIN US?

Alaska
Janice Swiderski – Anchorage

Alabama
Aliesha Dennis – Montgomery
Melanie Jeffcoat – Birmingham
Anne Leader – Auburn
Annie McCormick – Auburn
Wayne McNeil – Mobile
Leeatra Vaughn – Auburn

Arkansas
Alexandra Edwards – Little Rock

Arizona
Kristina Bishop – Scottsdale
Kenneth Dorushka – Tucson
Joan Gilbert – Tuscon
Roxanna Green – Tuscon
Daniel Hernandez – Tuscon
Lisa Kiser – Tucson
Patricia Maisch – Tucson
Carol McMillan – Tuscon
Emily Nottingham – Tucson
Deborah Parker – Tucson
Roger Salzgeber – Tucson
Caren Teves – Phoenix


California
Laura Abbasi – Newbury Park
Megan Ackerman – Encino
Lisa Badgett – Escondido
Linda Bertaut – Concord
Anita Busch – Los Angeles
Kari Chatterji – Redondo Beach
Lashea Cretain – San Diego
Leonore Cusenza – Pleasanton
Mike Cusenza – Oakland
Dana Daniell – Chico
Nicole Dejanovich – San Mateo
Cheryl Dilger – Tujunga
Lisa Fast – Santa Barbara
Carmen Ferraz – Sebastopol
Mary Fryer – San Francisco
Nicole Gardner – Mill Valley
Carol Gaxiola – Lemoore
Wayne Gilbert – Tiburon
Glenn Gilbert – Long Beach
Deborah Hamilton – Bay Point
Pamela Impson – El Cajon
Ron Johnson – Shingletown
Richard Martinez – Arroyo
Patricia Martins – Santa Barbara
Tom McMahon – Los Angeles
Shelley McMahon – Pasadena
Deborah Nelson – Toluca Lake
Laura Pitchford – Atherton
Lisa Powers – Seal beach
Barbara Ramirez – Sacramento
Aimee Rozen – San Francisco
Carina Sarabia – San Diego
Clare Senchyna – San Francisco
Teresa Sullivan – Los Angeles
Megan Tudor – Sacramento
Guy Wallace – Los Osos
Bethany Webb – Huntington Beach
Rebecca Weiker – Los Angeles
Wendy Wheatcroft – San Diego

Colorado
Suzanne Connors – Littleton
Jane Dougherty – Littleton
Carly Dougherty – Littleton
Tim Dougherty – Littleton
Emily Dougherty-McDermott – Littleton
Hope Francis – Thornton
David Hoover – Lakewood
James Kirby – Boulder
Rita Marquez – Pueblo
Melinda Moses – Denver
Sue Okerson – Denver
Melissa Pickering – Boulder
Mary Kay Pumphrey – Denver
Paul Rogalski – Longmont
Nori Rost – CO Springs
Coni Sanders – Denver
Melissa Spengler – Pueblo
Ted Vaca – Lakewood
William Wilczewski – Longmont

Connecticut
Ashley Cech – Newtown
Abbey Clements – Newtown
Linda Cohen-Calger – Bridgeport
Yvonne Crasso – Middletown
Christine Doscher – Sandy Hook
Danelle Egan – Bethel
Robert Horn – Fairfield
Meg Horn – Fairfield
Dana Horowitz – Stamford
Mary Ann Jacob – Sandy Hook
Natalie Jones – West Hartford
Erica Lafferty – Watertown
Nancy Rogers-Duffy – Sandy Hook
Gilles Rousseau – Southbury
David Wheeler – Sandy Hook
Karen Wilk – Sandy Hook

District of Columbia
Veronica Gurdian – Washington, DC
Debra Kenward – Washington, DC
Sara Kerai – Washington, DC
Miya Tandon – Washington, DC

Delware
Jeanette Zaims – Felton

Florida
Carmencita Agudelo – Miami
Christian Agudelo – Miami
Mario Agudelo – Miami
Amalia Amaro – Coral Gables
Chryl Anderson – Jacksonville
Altagracia Baez – Miami
Claude Begert – Miami
Katie Browder – Gainesville
Donna Bryan – New Port Richey
Lina Buitrago – Miami
Maricela Cardenas – Miami
Sebastián Castro – Miami
Liliana Colon – Miami
Tara Connell – Orlando
Patricia Craig – Cocoa
Betsy Dale-Adams – Gulf Breeze
Anthony De La Torre – Miami
Kellie Degan – Port Richey
Kein Diemar – Miami
Olga Disla – Kissimmee
Amber Draus – Windermere
Roseline Fernandez – Fort Lauderdale
Lysis Galnares Castro – Miami
Cassandra Garvin – Daytona Beach
Andre Groenhoff – St Johns
Christopher Hansen – Orlando
Leona Jackson – Daytona Beach
Stephanie Kersten – Apopka
William Klinck shearman – Miami
Olga Labori-Vazquez – Miami
Monica Lacayo – Miami
Marcel Laniado – Miami
Maurice Laniado – Miami
Amelia Letellier – Miami
Fabriccio Letellier – Miami
Katia Mendez – Kissimmee
Marcela Navarro – Miami
Jan Neuberger – St Petersburg
Dalia Pallares – Doral
Esteban Pareja – Miami
Sabrina Pareja – Doral
Zlaty Pasternak – Miami
Sandra Perez – Pinecrest
Marcia Perez – Miami
Barbara Poma – Orlando
Nathan Pritchett – Miami
Amneris Ramos diaz – Orlando
Maria Rendon – Doral
Bernarda Reyes – Weston
Cindy Rudin – Miami
Michael Schnabel – Miami
Maria Torres-O’Steen – Miami
Fred Wright – Pinecrest
Maria José Wright – Pinecrest
Aida Wright – Miami
roger wright – Miami
Bryant Wright – Miami
Mayra Alvear – Tampa

Georgia
Ami Franklin – Atlanta
Lucy McBath – Marietta
Stephanie Stone – Atlanta

Hawaii
Eve Bernstein – Kailua-Kona

Iowa
Ann Rhodes – Iowa City

Idaho
Dianna David – Boise
Anna Decker – Coeurd’ Alene

Illinois
Vivian Biggers-Tuell – Urbana
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins – Northfield
Delphine Cherry – Hazel crest
Tina Hammond – Chicago
Patrick Korellis – Lindenhurst
Kerry Kraemer – Lockport
Kathleen Larimer – Crystal Lake
Marsha Lee – Blue Island
Mary Long – chicago
Eric Mace – Petersburg
Mary Kay Mace – Petersburg
Kittie McMillan – Centralia
Theresa O’Rourke – Downers grove
Maria Pike – Chicago
Janice Walker – Urbana

Indiana
Bonnie Grisko – Indianapolis
Stephen Miller – Mishawka
Kelli Shannon – Bloomington
Bev Staley – Indianapolis
Pam Taylor – Muncie
Wendy Watson Marietta – Fort Wayne
Deandra Yates – Indianapolis

Kansas
LaTonya Boyd – Topeka

Kentucky
Karen Conley – Lexington
Rita Hughes – louisville
Eli Parker – Bowling Green
Haley Rinehart – Bowling Green
Missy Smith – Kirksey

Louisiana
Lori M. Maraist – Lafayette

Massachusetts
Lynnette Alameddine – Saugus
Yvonne Alameddine – Saugus
Ann Marie Crowell – Saugus
Greg Gibson – Gloucester
Lorna Heron – Boston
Ilyse Levine-Kanji – Westborough
Robert Ranta – Rockport
Kaitlin Saier – Cambridge
Anne Thalheimer – Holyoke

Maryland
Nancy Ball – Lusby
Cheryl Brooks – Westminster
Sue Cohen – Portland
Amy Flemming – Bel Air
Colin Goddard – Silver Springs
Terri Mawdsley – Frederick
Dorothy Paugh – Bowie
Iris Sherman – Rockville
Jeff Twigg – Silver Spring

Maine
Kathleen McFadden – Kittery
Abigail Ordway – Scarborough
Judi Richardson – South Portland
Wayne Richardson – South Portland
Jocelyne Welch – Biddeford

Michigan
Kimberly Colwell – Howell
Denise Gates – Saint Clair Shores
Darlene Ham – Troy
Dr. Craig Hexham – Traverse City
Rochelle Igrisan – Ann Arbor
Celeste Kanpurwala – Ann Arbor
Lorenbelle Kossa – Detroit
Steven Miller – East Lansing
Richard Omilian – Plainwell
Martha Omilian – Plainwell
Diane Sellgren – Minneapolis
Jennifer Turner – Bear Lake

Minnesota
Marit Brock – Saint Paul
Donna Miller – Rochester
Robert Mokos – Burnsville
Rolf Olson – Cottage Grove
Jarren Peterson – Minneapolis
Shereen Rahamim – St. Louis Park
Stephen Venable – Minneapolis

Missouri
Julie Drew – Greenwood
Sidney Drew – Greenwood
Erica Jones – Florissant
Becky Morgan – St Louis

Mississippi
Lorenzo Neal – Jackson

Montana
Janet Lyon – Missoula
John Moffatt – Missoula

North Carolina
Debbi Black – Midland
Susan Browder – Winston-Salem
Lauren Brown – Blowing Rock
Dolly Griggs – Angier
Shannon Hathaway – Raleigh
Nicole Nieto – Winston Salem
Pam Powell – Raliegh
Chip Pryde – Flat Rock
Rev Sharon Risher – Charlotte
Jamie Sohn – Carrboro
Leita Wesley – Winston-Salem
Kim Erickson Yaman – Cary

North Dakota
Mara Solberg – Horace

Nebraska
Janice Hobbs – Franklin
Lacey Merica – Omaha

New Hampshire
Carolanne Lanouette – Danville
Clai Lasher-Sommers – Westmoreland

New Jersey
Katy McClure – Verona
Charlene Mokos Hoverter – Barnegat
Carla Morgan – Old Bridge
Joseph Morgan – Old Bridge
Mike Pohle – Flemington
Teresa Pohle – Flemington
Tiffany Starr – Denville

New Mexico
Robin Brulé – Albuquerque
Verda Smedley – Santa Fe

Nevada
Ben Tucker – Sparks

New York
Michelle Bablitz – Brooklyn
Stephen Barton – Brooklyn
Helen Boddie-Khan – Hollis
Monics Cassaberry – Brooklyn
Tia Christiansen – New York
Michele Davis – Saratoga Springs
Monique DeKleermaeker – Binghamton
Maisie Devine – New York
Carolyn Dixon – Jamaica, Queens
Robert Gaafar – Rockville Centre
Jennifer Gold – New York
Brigitte Hoggard – Jamaica
Laura House – Brooklyn
Gwendolyn Jackson – Bay Shore
Shenee Johnson – Mastic
Patricia Lewis – Far Rockaway
Sawyeh Maghsoodloo – Brooklyn
Alice Mckay – Brooklyn
Beth Moshenberg – Rochester
Steven Naukam – Philadelphia
Lydia Perez – Paterson
Adele Ruffin – Jamaica
Cha Ron Sattler-Leblanc – Rochester
Lois Schaffer – Great Neck
Jason Sherman – New York
Cheryl Schiffman – Merrick
Ronald Schiffman – Merrick
Ruth Senchyna – Albany
Allison Shinn – Brooklyn
Antonius Wiriadjaja – New York

Ohio
Terri Matthews – Worthington
Nancy Phillips – Columbus

Oklahoma
Kenneth Jackson – Oklahoma City
James Males – Edmond

Oregon
Rebecca Cohen – Rockville
Doreen Dodgen-Magee – tualatin
Madaleine Garcelon – Salem
Saundra Hopkins – Sunriver
Katie Hughes – portland
Paul Kemp – Happy Valley
Eileen Kemp – Tigard
Melissa Pancurak – Portland
Richard Streedain – Manzanita
Hope Wyss – Portland

Pennsylvania
Starr Cummin Bright – Coatesvilke
Susi Costello – Eagleville
Fay Dawson – Philadelphia
Mary Beth Hacke – West Mifflin
Rena Hallam – Landenberg
Vita Larkin – Doylestown
Jennifer Lugar – Jenkintown
Ned Naukam – Esopus
Gina Pelusi – Pittsburgh
Andi Sporkin – Philadelphia

Rhode Island
Barbara Navas – Providence
Barbara Swanson – Narragansett

South Carolina
Martha Brown – Columbia
Jacki Jean – Greenville
LeAnne McGrew – Longs
Roberta McKelvin – Columbia
Vicki Schmidt – Mount Pleasant
Cheryl Soehl – Columbia
Barbara Stowe – Greer

South Dakota
The Rev. Margaret Watson – Eagle Butte

Tennessee
Amy Alford – Seymour
Louise Bell – Chattanooga
Jeff Condit – Murfreesboro
Jeannie Hunter – Madison
Kimberly Matthews – Nashville
Barbara Neeley – Knoxville
Vicki Powers – Johnson City
Satedra Smith – Chattanooga
David Twiggs – Lenoir City
Kim Ward – Rogersville

Texas
Kimberly N. Anderson – Converse
Arthur Cooper – Richardson
Amanda Johnson – Dallas
Laura Jones – Sugar Land
L Killian – Dallas
Kim Marlow – Liberty
Joy McGaugh – San Antonio
Tracy Morris – Houston
Almas Muscatwalla – Plano
Christy Northcliffe – College Station
Katherine Parsons – Houston
Allison Parsons – Houston
Leesa Ross – Austin

Utah
Terri Gilfillan – Sandy

Virginia
Kristine Chapman – Arlington
Gijs de Leede – Arlington
Karina de Leede – Arlington
Megan Doney – Christiansburg
Salli Garrigan – Alexandria
Dawnee Giammittorio – Falls Church
Lori Haas – Richmond
Channing Haas – Richmond
Emily Haas – Richmond
Wyatt Haas – Richmond
Townley Haas – Richmond
Graham Johnson – Midlothian
Natalie Johnson – Midlothian
Lucia Lodato – Alexandria
Norman Lodato – Alexandria
Melissa Marshall – Ringhold
Jerzy Nowak – Blacksburg
Susie Paul-deLeede – Arlington
Casey Quinlan – Richmond
Peter Read – Annandale
Jeanette Richardson – Newport News
Joe Samaha – Arlington
Mona Samaha – Arlington
Randa Samaha – Arlington

Vermont
Joy Gaine – Thetford Center

Washington
Sabrina Bates – Bothell
Kelly Bernado – Issaquah
Jolaine Coles – Olympia
Zach Elmore – Seattle
Teresa Forsyth – Langley
Bailey Forsyth – Langley
Heather Freitag – Ridgefield
Kimberley Gatbunton – Lakewood
Robert Gatbunton – Lakewood
Rory Graves – Bothell
Yvette Gregg – Federal Way
Elizabeth Hjelmseth – Bellingham
Joe LePla – Seattle
Diane Lindstrand – North Bend
Catherine Person – Seattle
Katherine Scherling – Tacoma
Rachel Smith-Mosel – Federal Way
Cheryl Stumbo – Seattle
Allison Sutcliffe – Gig Harbor
Trese Todd – Seattle
Jane Weiss – Snohomish

Wisconsin
Khary Penebaker – Hartland
Brooke Shawver – Shorewood

West Virginia
Kristi Venderlic – Friendly

Wyoming
Sarah Vilardo – Laramie

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