Our country is in the grips of a gun violence crisis, and for too long a loud, powerful and vocal minority have had too much influence over our gun laws. That’s why it’s time for the vocal majority of Americans who support commonsense change that saves lives to stand up and speak out.
Today, the Vocal Majority bus tour featuring Congresswoman Giffords stopped in Saint Paul, and I was proud to stand with her, Congressman Keith Ellison, Mayor Chris Coleman and other elected officials at an event at CHS Field.
I was there this afternoon because I am fed up. I am fed up with gun violence. I am sick and tired of stories that all of us can share from our hearts—stories like that of Birdell Beeks, a grandmother shot and killed in May while sitting in a minivan. Or the story of three-year-old Terrell Mayes, killed the day after Christmas while running up the stairwell to his house. Or the story of two-year-old Le’Vonte King Jason Jones, who died in July when he and his sister were shot in a drive-by shooting.
I’m sick and tired of hearing these stories and I’m sick and tired of having to tell them.
I’m ready; we’re all ready, for a change. Sometimes it’s easy to get frustrated, to want to throw our hands up in the air and give up. But we value each other too much to let this situation—the lack of action to bring about commonsense solutions—to stand.
Out of our frustration we must turn to action. And in the coming weeks, that means we have to vote. Vote for leaders who will be part of the Vocal Majority, who are willing to stand up to the gun lobby and get things done for our cities and our communities. And we need to make sure that our neighbors, friends and families get registered to vote and do the same.
And now we need everyone else to stand with us. So, this November, join me, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and Captain Mark Kelly, and say you’re part of the Vocal Majority and be a gun violence voter. Our voices matter and our votes matter.
Please visit www.thevocalmajority.com and get involved.