#NeverAgain: Three things you can do TODAY to fight the gun lobby

In the days since one of the most horrific episodes of gun violence in modern history took place in Parkland, Florida, there has been a rollercoaster of emotions as we as a nation process the latest in what seems to be a never-ending cycle of gun violence.

We felt horror as we watched the news unfold. Shock as the death toll rose. Frustration as ‘thoughts and prayers’ were offered when what is actually needed is action – long overdue action.

This time, however, there’s something different in the air. The students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida who experienced the violence of that day – and millions of other young people around the country – are organizing. They are expressing their collective outrage in ways that cannot be ignored. They are furious, and they are demanding action.

We are inspired and awed by the brave, articulate students who are using their voices to shout from the rafters and demand change – and we must take this time to act. Here are three things you can do right now.

1. Use your digital megaphone: While NRA donations are not the only factor influencing lawmakers in their inaction, this money certainly plays a role. This Washington Post article lays out which of our elected officials is taking money from the NRA. In addition to calling your Senators and members of Congress (and yes, you should call), tell them their inaction will no longer be tolerated. A list of their Twitter handles is at the bottom of this page.

In addition, a number of companies, from banks to airlines and car rental companies have begun to cut ties with the NRA. Acknowledge them on social media. Buy their products. And call out the ones who unashamedly continue their support. The #BoycottNRAhashtag on Twitter is being continuously updated. Follow the tag and add your voice to the conversation.

2. Put your money to work: As New York Times columnist Tom Friedman rightly pointed out in his latest piece, digital activism isn’t enough. We must, as he said, get our faces out of our phones and laptops and into the NRA’s face.

These organizations are doing just that, every day, but they are woefully under-resourcedwhen compared to the NRA. Activists must put our money to work. These groups are leading the fight for universal background checks, mental health support and bans on assault weapons.

    • Sandy Hook Promise: This group was founded by family members of victims after 26 elementary school students and staff were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. They’ve done innovative work to raise awareness, develop and deliver mental health and wellness programs, and advocate for smart gun policy. Their groundbreaking video, Evan, has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube.
    • The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Jim Brady, who was shot in the assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, died in 2014, but the organization continues. Their focus is on “finishing the job” that Jim and his wife Sarah started by championing policies that will cut gun-related deaths in half by 2025.
    • Everytown for Gun Safety: This group is a partnership between Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and works to research gun violence and advocate for gun control.

3. Put your shoes on and get outside. A number of nationwide events are in the works:

    • March 14 – NationalSchoolWalkout: Students around the country will step outside in protest. If you have a high schooler or know one, ask how you can help. Make signs. Call local media. Chaperone. Our kids need us.
    • March 24 – March For Our Lives: In just a few days after the shooting at their high school, Parkland students have organized what is promising to be one of the most powerful protests the country has ever seen. The March For Our Lives will take place in Washington, D.C. and in towns all across the country.
    • April 20 – NationalSchoolWalkout: A second school walkout will take place on the 19thanniversary of the Columbine shooting. This event is still in the early stages of development, but their change.org petition is live, and their Twitter account will provide real-time information.

It’s long past time for helpless platitudes and thoughts and prayers. We must take concrete action, and we must do so now.

The following members of Congress received donations from the NRA. Here is a sample tweet you can send your elected official:

@SenJohnMcCain Your inaction on #gunreform and support of the NRA will no longer be tolerated. Move beyond your thoughts & prayers to take action and protect Americans from gun violence. #GunReformNow

State Name Twitter handle
Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt @Robert_Aderholt
Alabama Re. Mike Rogers @RepMikeRogersAL
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby @SenShelby
Alabama Rep. Martha Roby @RepMarthaRoby
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks @RepMoBrooks
Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne @RepByrne
Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer @USRepGaryPalmer
Alaska Rep. Don Young @repdonyoung
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski @lisamurkowski
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake @JeffFlake
Arizona Sen. John McCain @SenJohnMcCain
Arizona Rep. David Schweikert @RepDavid
Arizona Rep. Martha McSally @RepMcSally
Arizona Rep. Paul A. Gosar @RepGosar
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs @RepAndyBiggsAZ
Arkansas Sen. John Boozman @JohnBoozman
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton @SenTomCotton
Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack @rep_stevewomack
Arkansas Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford @RepRickCrawford
Arkansas Rep. Bruce Westerman @RepWesterman
Arkansas Rep. French Hill @RepFrenchHill
California Rep. Ken Calvert @KenCalvert
California Rep. Darrell Issa @DarrellIssa
California Rep. Devin Nunes @DevinNunes
California Rep. David Valadao @RepDavidValadao
California Rep. Jeff Denham @RepJeffDenham
California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher @RepRohrabacher
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy @GOPLeader
California Rep. Tom McClintock @RepMcClintock
California Rep. Duncan D. Hunter @Rep_Hunter
California Rep. Edward R. Royce @RepEdRoyce
California Rep. Paul Cook @RepPaulCook
California Rep. Mike Thompson @RepThompson
California Rep. Mimi Walters @RepMimiWalters
California Rep. Steve Knight @SteveKnight25
Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman @RepMikeCoffman
Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn @RepDLamborn
Colorado Rep. Scott R. Tipton @RepTipton
Colorado Rep. Ken Buck @RepKenBuck
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner @SenCoryGardner
Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart @MarioDB
Florida Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis @RepGusBilirakis
Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan @VernBuchanan
Florida Rep. Bill Posey @congbillposey
Florida Rep. Dennis A. Ross @RepDennisRoss
Florida Rep. Charlie Crist @RepCharlieCrist
Florida Rep. Daniel Webster @RepWebster
Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo @RepCurbelo
Florida Rep. Brian Mast @RepBrianMast
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio @marcorubio
Florida Rep. Ted Yoho @RepTedYoho
Florida Rep. Neal Dunn @DrNealDunnFL2
Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen @RosLehtinen
Florida Rep. Alcee L. Hastings @RepHastingsFL
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz @RepMattGaetz
Florida Rep. John Rutherford @RepRutherfordFL
Georgia Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. @SanfordBishop
Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson @SenatorIsakson
Georgia Rep. Tom Graves @RepTomGraves
Georgia Rep. Douglas A. Collins @RepDougCollins
Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk @RepLoudermilk
Georgia Sen. David Perdue @sendavidperdue
Georgia Rep. Rick Allen @RepRickAllen
Georgia Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter @RepBuddyCarter
Georgia Rep. Jody Hice @CongressmanHice
Georgia Rep. Drew Ferguson @RepDrewFerguson
Georgia Rep. Karen Handel @RepKHandel
Georgia Rep. Rob Woodall @RepRobWoodall
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson @CongMikeSimpson
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo @MikeCrapo
Idaho Sen. James E. Risch @SenatorRisch
Idaho Rep. Raúl R. Labrador @Raul_Labrador
Illinois Rep. John Shimkus @RepShimkus
Illinois Rep. Peter J. Roskam @PeterRoskam
Illinois Rep. Randy Hultgren @RepHultgren
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger @RepKinzinger
Illinois Rep. Mike Bost @RepBost
Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly @SenDonnelly
Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski @RepWalorski
Indiana Rep. Luke Messer @RepLukeMesser
Indiana Sen. Todd C. Young @SenToddYoung
Indiana Rep. Larry Bucshon @RepLarryBucshon
Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita @ToddRokita
Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks @SusanWBrooks
Indiana Rep. Jim Banks @RepJimBanks
Indiana Rep. Trey Hollingsworth @RepTrey
Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley @ChuckGrassley
Iowa Rep. Steve King @SteveKingIA
Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst @SenJoniErnst
Iowa Rep. David Young @RepDavidYoung
Iowa Rep. Rod Blum @RepRodBlum
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran @JerryMoran
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts @SenPatRoberts
Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder @RepKevinYoder
Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins @RepLynnJenkins
Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall @RogerMarshallMD
Kansas Rep. Ron Estes @RepRonEstes
Kentucky Rep. Harold Rogers @RepHalRogers
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell @SenateMajLdr
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul @RandPaul
Kentucky Rep. Brett Guthrie @RepGuthrie
Kentucky Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr @RepAndyBarr
Kentucky Rep. James Comer @KYComer
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie @RepThomasMassie
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise @SteveScalise
Louisiana Sen. John Neely Kennedy @JohnKennedyLA
Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy @BillCassidy
Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves @RepGarretGraves
Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins @RepClayHiggins
Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham @RepAbraham
Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson @RepMikeJohnson
Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin @RepPoliquin
Maine Sen. Susan Collins @SenatorCollins
Maryland Rep. Andy Harris @RepAndyHarrisMD
Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg @RepWalberg
Michigan Rep. Bill Huizenga @RepHuizenga
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton @RepFredUpton
Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman @RepJackBergman
Michigan Rep. John Moolenaar @RepMoolenaar
Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop @RepMikeBishop
Michigan Rep. Dave Trott @repdavetrott
Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell @RepPaulMitchell
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash @justinamash
Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen @RepErikPaulsen
Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson @collinpeterson
Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz @RepTimWalz
Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis @RepJasonLewis
Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer @RepTomEmmer
Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker @SenatorWicker
Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran @SenThadCochran
Mississippi Rep. Gregg Harper @GreggHarper
Mississippi Rep. Steven M. Palazzo @CongPalazzo
Mississippi Rep. Trent Kelly @RepTrentKelly
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
Missouri Rep. Sam Graves @RepSamGraves
Missouri Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer @RepBlainePress
Missouri Rep. Billy Long @USRepLong
Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner @RepAnnWagner
Missouri Rep. Jason T. Smith @RepJasonSmith
Montana Sen. Steve Daines @SteveDaines
Nebraska Rep. Adrian Smith @RepAdrianSmith
Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry @JeffFortenberry
Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer @SenatorFischer
Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon @RepDonBacon
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse @SenSasse
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller @SenDeanHeller
Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei @MarkAmodeiNV2
New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance @RepLanceNJ7
New Mexico Rep. Stevan Pearce @RepStevePearce
New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich @MartinHeinrich
New York Rep. Lee Zeldin @RepLeeZeldin
New York Rep. Tom Reed @RepTomReed
New York Rep. John Katko @RepJohnKatko
New York Rep. John Faso @RepJohnFaso
New York Rep. Claudia Tenney @claudiatenney
New York Rep. Brian Higgins @RepBrianHiggins
New York Rep. Chris Collins @RepChrisCollins
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik @RepStefanik
North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr @SenatorBurr
North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones @RepWalterJones
North Carolina Rep. Patrick T. McHenry @PatrickMcHenry
North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx @virginiafoxx
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis @SenThomTillis
North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson @RepRichHudson
North Carolina Rep. George Holding @RepHolding
North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger @RepPittenger
North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows @RepMarkMeadows
North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd @RepTedBudd
North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker @RepMarkWalker
North Carolina Rep. David Rouzer @RepDavidRouzer
North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven @SenJohnHoeven
North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer @RepKevinCramer
Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot @RepSteveChabot
Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers @RepSteveStivers
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman @senrobportman
Ohio Rep. Michael R. Turner @RepMikeTurner
Ohio Rep. Robert E. Latta @boblatta
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan @RepTimRyan
Ohio Rep. James B. Renacci @RepJimRenacci
Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson @RepBillJohnson
Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs @RepBobGibbs
Ohio Rep. David Joyce @RepDaveJoyce
Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup @RepBradWenstrup
Ohio Rep. Warren Davidson @WarrenDavidson
Oklahoma Rep. Frank D. Lucas @RepFrankLucas
Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe @JimInhofe
Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole @TomColeOK04
Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford @SenatorLankford
Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin @RepMullin
Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell @RepRussell
Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine @RepJBridenstine
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden @repgregwalden
Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader @RepSchrader
Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey @SenToomey
Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster @RepBillShuster
Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent @RepCharlieDent
Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan @RepMeehan
Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello @RepRyanCostello
Pennsylvania Rep. Glenn Thompson @CongressmanGT
Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly @MikeKellyPA
Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry @RepScottPerry
Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino @RepTomMarino
Pennsylvania Rep. Lloyd Smucker @RepSmucker
Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta @RepLouBarletta
Pennsylvania Rep. Keith Rothfus @KeithRothfus
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey O. Graham @LindseyGrahamSC
South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson @RepJoeWilson
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott @SenatorTimScott
South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan @RepJeffDuncan
South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman Jr @RepRalphNorman
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy @TGowdySC
South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice @RepTomRice
South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford @RepSanfordSC
South Dakota Sen. John Thune @SenJohnThune
South Dakota Rep. Kristi L. Noem @RepKristiNoem
South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds @SenatorRounds
Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn @MarshaBlackburn
Tennessee Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. @RepJohnDuncanJr
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander @SenAlexander
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker @SenBobCorker
Tennessee Rep. Diane Black @RepDianeBlack
Tennessee Rep. Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann @RepChuck
Tennessee Rep. David Kustoff @RepDavidKustoff
Texas Rep. Pete Sessions @PeteSessions
Texas Rep. John Abney Culberson @CongCulberson
Texas Rep. Joe Barton @RepJoeBarton
Texas Rep. Lamar Smith @LamarSmithTX21
Texas Sen. John Cornyn @JohnCornyn
Texas Rep. John Carter @JudgeCarter
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul @RepMcCaul
Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar @RepCuellar
Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling @RepHensarling
Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry @MacTXPress
Texas Rep. Kevin Brady @RepKevinBrady
Texas Rep. Pete Olson @RepPeteOlson
Texas Rep. Michael C. Burgess @michaelcburgess
Texas Rep. Kay Granger @RepKayGranger
Texas Rep. K. Michael Conaway @ConawayTX11
Texas Rep. Kenny Marchant @RepKenMarchant
Texas Rep. Ted Poe @JudgeTedPoe
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert @replouiegohmert
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz @tedcruz
Texas Rep. Will Hurd @HurdOnTheHill
Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold @farenthold
Texas Rep. Bill Flores @RepBillFlores
Texas Rep. Roger Williams @RepRWilliams
Texas Rep. Brian Babin @RepBrianBabin
Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe @RepRatcliffe
Texas Rep. Randy Weber @TXRandy14
Texas Rep. Jodey Arrington @RepArrington
Utah Rep. Rob Bishop @RepRobBishop
Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch @senorrinhatch
Utah Sen. Mike Lee @SenMikeLee
Utah Rep. Chris Stewart @RepChrisStewart
Utah Rep. Mia Love @RepMiaLove
Utah Rep. John Curtis @RepJohnCurtis
Vermont Rep. Peter Welch @PeterWelch
Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte @RepGoodlatte
Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman @RobWittman
Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock @RepComstock
Virginia Rep. H. Morgan Griffith @RepMGriffith
Virginia Rep. Scott W. Taylor @RepScottTaylor
Virginia Rep. Dave Brat @RepDaveBrat
Virginia Rep. Thomas Garrett @RepTomGarrett
Washington Rep. Dave Reichert @davereichert
Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse @RepNewhouse
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers @TeamCMR
West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito @SenCapito
West Virginia Rep. David B. McKinley @RepMcKinley
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III @Sen_JoeManchin
West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney @RepAlexMooney
West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins @RepEvanJenkins
Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan @SpeakerRyan
Wisconsin Rep. F. James Jr. Sensenbrenner @JimPressOffice
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson @SenRonJohnson
Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy @RepSeanDuffy
Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind @RepRonKind
Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher @RepGallagher
Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman @RepGrothman
Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi @SenatorEnzi
Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso @SenJohnBarrasso
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney @RepLizCheney

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