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Letter to Congressman from 18 Yr Old about Guns

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Dear Sir/Madame,

I am 18 years old now and have registered to vote for the very first time. I believe the primary goal of government is to protect me, my family, my friends, and all Americans. Government has passed laws to make road and air travel safer, our air and water cleaner, our work places and food safer and healthier, among many others. However, it is clear there is one area where government is failing to keep us safe – guns.

To honor the 17 victims of the horrific Florida shooting, my teacher took 17 minutes of class time (one per victim) to show us how to reach out to you and other elected officials and how to check your voting records on any issue such as gun control, immigration, abortion, climate change, etc.

If you want my vote you need to support:

  • Mandatory universal background checks for any gun sale.
  • Making it illegal to allow citizens to possess military weapons such as the assault and semi-automatic rifles that are specifically designed to kill many people at once.
  • An electronic, searchable database of all gun owners and purchases.
  • Allowing federal funds to support research that will show us why there is so much gun violence and what are the best methods to avoid it.

If you do so, you will have my vote. If you do not, then your opponent will get my vote. I intend to spread this message far and wide via social media so kids my age become more politically active also.

This is not an actual letter. This is the letter I hope all young people send to their elected officials as another part of their national protest. I came up with this option when I heard that on March 14 at 10 am there will be a 17 minute school walkout.

I am a strong advocate for common sense gun laws but I do not advocate walking out of classes as a means to demonstrate. Instead, why not use those 17 minutes INSIDE the classrooms showing students how they can exercise their power to communicate with their elected officials about various issues such as gun control. Use those 17 minutes to develop some strategies for meaningful dialogue for people on both sides of the issue. Use those 17 minutes to see the voting records of our officials on this subject. Kids need to be in school as much as possible and “skipping” to demonstrate sends a bad message, IMHO.

I find that few of my college students know how to reach their elected officials and after I show them, they are shocked how easy it is to do so today with the various electronic means.


Written by Scott Mandia

February 21, 2018 at 7:19 am

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