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
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.
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:
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.