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May 30, 2022 7:02 PM | Anonymous



Uvalde, Texas school shooting at Robb Elementary School

Oped by Krista Jones

The answer: There is no sense, no reason, no explanation, only outrage, pain, grief, heartbreak and a search for meaning. It invites a search for solutions and opens debates about how to keep schools safe. I feel called to action, but what, when we feel so helpless? So I called our Senators and asked for a vote on HR 8, The Bipartisan Background Check and HR 1446 to close the Charleston loophole on background checks. In the last 3 days, I have donated to Moms Demand Action OK, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (the latter since 1994 when the Brady Bill was passed.)

The House of Representatives sent HR 8 to the Senate over a year ago and the Senate has not found 10 courageous Republican Senators to bring it to a vote joining the 50 Democratic Senators for a 60 pass rate. Two of those senators are from Oklahoma, Senator James Lankford and Senator Jim Inhofe, whose seats are both up for election this year, Lankford for re-election and Inhofe in a special election associated with his retirement at age 87. Senator Lankford has been in Congress since 2011 and as Senator since 2015, and has an “A” ranking from the National Rifle Association. In dealing with my own grief, I decided to do a little research. Senator Inhofe was elected to Congress in 1986 and the Senate in 1994. Senator Inhofe has accepted $66,758 from the NRA according to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2019 and Lankford has received $18,995 in 2019.

Tracking School shootings is a key component to understanding the impact of gun Violence on schools. I turned to Education Week .org for some statistics. In the last 10 years, there have been 119 school shootings while both of our senators have been in office with 88 killed and 229 injured. During my calls today to the senator’s offices, I asked “ tell me the number of children that have to die before they will vote for HR8 or call for the vote?” Of course, the staff will pass my concerns along to the senators and they have been receiving calls about this. Neither has come out with a position on HR8 or HR1446 according to their offices. Really? Unimaginable! It’s background checks! The most basic of safety in gun ownership.

The-same tired arguments come up, it not the guns, it’s the shooter and mental health, it’s not the guns, it’s not that the US has more gun violence than any other country, but according to the New York Times, this issue is unique to the US. Every country, people get into arguments, hold racist views or suffer from mental health. But in the US, it’s easier to pick up a gun and shoot someone. That is how an 18 year old was able to buy 2 assault weapons and kill 19 children and 2 adults in an elementary school. He had no mental health record, but obviously, to kill innocent children and adults, there are mental issues. In the last 2.0 years the US has had 101 mass shootings in which 4 or more people died , the next closest is France with 8 that is 12.62 times as many shootings in the same period. Where there are more guns there are more gun deaths.

We have an opportunity in November to let our voices be heard. Register to vote, engage voters , find candidates to support, work in their campaigns and donate, then VOTE. As Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Senator James Lankford (202) 224-5754 Senator Jim Inhofe (202) 224-4721remember in November!

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Uvalde, Texas school shooting at Robb Elementary School

Oped by Krista Jones

The answer: There is no sense, no reason, no explanation, only outrage, pain, grief, heartbreak and a search for meaning. It invites a search for solutions and opens debates about how to keep schools safe. I feel called to action, but what, when we feel so helpless? So I called our Senators and asked for a vote on HR 8, The Bipartisan Background Check and HR 1446 to close the Charleston loophole on background checks. In the last 3 days, I have donated to Moms Demand Action OK, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (the latter since 1994 when the Brady Bill was passed.)

The House of Representatives sent HR 8 to the Senate over a year ago and the Senate has not found 10 courageous Republican Senators to bring it to a vote joining the 50 Democratic Senators for a 60 pass rate. Two of those senators are from Oklahoma, Senator James Lankford and Senator Jim Inhofe, whose seats are both up for election this year, Lankford for re-election and Inhofe in a special election associated with his retirement at age 87. Senator Lankford has been in Congress since 2011 and as Senator since 2015, and has an “A” ranking from the National Rifle Association. In dealing with my own grief, I decided to do a little research. Senator Inhofe was elected to Congress in 1986 and the Senate in 1994. Senator Inhofe has accepted $66,758 from the NRA according to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2019 and Lankford has received $18,995 in 2019.

Tracking School shootings is a key component to understanding the impact of gun Violence on schools. I turned to Education Week .org for some statistics. In the last 10 years, there have been 119 school shootings while both of our senators have been in office with 88 killed and 229 injured. During my calls today to the senator’s offices, I asked “ tell me the number of children that have to die before they will vote for HR8 or call for the vote?” Of course, the staff will pass my concerns along to the senators and they have been receiving calls about this. Neither has come out with a position on HR8 or HR1446 according to their offices. Really? Unimaginable! It’s background checks! The most basic of safety in gun ownership.

The-same tired arguments come up, it not the guns, it’s the shooter and mental health, it’s not the guns, it’s not that the US has more gun violence than any other country, but according to the New York Times, this issue is unique to the US. Every country, people get into arguments, hold racist views or suffer from mental health. But in the US, it’s easier to pick up a gun and shoot someone. That is how an 18 year old was able to buy 2 assault weapons and kill 19 children and 2 adults in an elementary school. He had no mental health record, but obviously, to kill innocent children and adults, there are mental issues. In the last 2.0 years the US has had 101 mass shootings in which 4 or more people died , the next closest is France with 8 that is 12.62 times as many shootings in the same period. Where there are more guns there are more gun deaths.

We have an opportunity in November to let our voices be heard. Register to vote, engage voters , find candidates to support, work in their campaigns and donate, then VOTE. As Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Senator James Lankford (202) 224-5754 Senator Jim Inhofe (202) 224-4721 remember in November!

  

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