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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Arizona survivors fight illegal guns




 
Change.org
Patricia Malsch and 14 other survivors and family members of the Tucson shooting have started a petition on Change.org, asking the President to meet with them to discuss how to prevent future gun tragedies.
Sign Pat's Petition
Patricia Maisch was on the Safeway sidewalk in Tucson, Arizona when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and 18 other people were shot. Pat pulled the ammunition clip away from the shooter, saving innocent lives. She survived the attack. Six people did not.
In response to the tragedy, President Obama wrote an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star one year ago today, calling on Congress to fix our broken background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Congress hasn't acted. And 14,000 more Americans were murdered with guns since the Tucson shooting. 
Today, Patricia and 14 other survivors and family members have started a petition on Change.org, asking the President to meet with them to discuss how to prevent future tragedies like those in Tucson, Columbine, and at Virginia Tech. 
A meeting with the President will raise the profile of this issue and make real progress much more likely. But it's up to you to make sure Pat can get the President's attention. Click here to sign Pat's petition, then forward this email to everyone you know. 
Thanks, 
Patrick and the Change.org team
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Here's more info from Pat, in her own words: 
One year ago today, President Obama wrote an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star that meant the world to me and my fellow Tucson survivors.
He called on Washington to come together in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting and to fix our broken background check system. Sadly, nothing has come of his bold words.  Even more sadly, while we’ve waited on Congress to implement his commonsense plan to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, another 14,000 Americans were murdered with guns.
That’s why I joined with 14 other Tucson survivors and family members to write our own op-ed in today’s Arizona Daily Star. We’re asking the President to meet with us to discuss how, together, we can help put an end to such senseless tragedies -- and we need your help to encourage him to accept our invitation.
Please read our open letter to President Obama, then add your name to ours to strengthen our request that he meet with Tucson survivors and families.
Our goal is for 50,000 supporters to add their voices to our invitation. When the President accepts, I’ll present him with the names of everyone who has signed.  Will you stand with us and add your name right now?
In his op-ed, the President laid out a clear plan:
“We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system  for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure  that criminals can't escape it.”
Now is our chance to help him turn that plan into reality and end the cycle of violence that has etched places like Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson and -- just last month -- Chardon on the minds of all Americans.
Your support will truly touch our hearts.  





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