Interested in making a difference in gun policy? Here’s your opportunity.
Join the Ohio Coalition for Common Sense, a state initiative started by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, a Navy Captain and former astronaut. The Coalition brings together a broad cross-section of state leaders—business, law enforcement, veterans, faith, medical and civic leaders—who support commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence. The Coalition is part of a national organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions
The Coalition seeks to do three things: (1) close the loopholes in our background check system to prevent felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill from accessing firearms; (2) ensure lawmakers have sufficient information about gun violence; and (3) strengthen the federal background check system to include state records.
What’s at stake? According to the Coalition, Americans are 20 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed nations. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 6,000 Ohioans died from guns. Half of all domestic violence-related deaths in Ohio involve a gun.
There’s no cost to join and no obligation to participate in any specific activity. Once you sign up, a Coalition representative will be in touch to find out what interests you. There are lots of ways for you to help. You can serve as an ambassador in your community, meet with elected state and local officials, support legislation, or attend local programs. You can do a little or a lot, but every effort helps make a difference.
To get connected, contact Jenna Yuille, Regional Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gabby and Mark will be in Columbus, Ohio, on May 31 to kick off the Coalition—time and place to be announced soon.
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