1,600 Americans fatally shot since Newtown.

More than 1,600, actually. In 55 days.

That averages out to 29 people a day. On Christmas, 30 Americans were killed by guns. On New Year’s Day, it was 58. On Martin Luther King Day, 28. Last Thursday was a good day — only 13 Americans were shot to death that day.

Click here to see Slate’s utterly breath-taking graphic of the gun-death tally since December 14, the date of the Newtown massacre.

  • Call Congress: 202-224-3121
  • Call the White House: 202-456-1111
  • Find your Senators by clicking here (if you’d rather send an email, you’ll find that information here, too).
  • Find your US Representative by clicking here (if you’d rather send an email, you’ll find that information here, too).

Sample script:

Hi, I’m calling from [location], and I just wanted to make sure that President Obama/Senator XXXXX/Representative XXXXX knows that I support the White House gun control initiative. I think that things like background checks, limits on magazine capacity, and a ban on assault weapons are common sense, and I think it’s so important to also work with inner city communities to address their particular needs — less than 1% of urban populations are responsible for about 70% of all shootings in cities, and it’s tragic that so many people are held hostage to that violence.

As Gabby Giffords told Congress: “We must do something. It will be hard but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous.”

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  1. michaelthewriterguy

     /  February 7, 2013

    I agree. The toll every year for gun deaths in America is horrendous. Thousands of people are murdered and still nothing is done about. I have written half a dozen letters to my representatives in Congress there seems to be this deadlock for no other reason than politicking. These are common sense measures, but even with the push we are trying to make for this, I see it going nowhere because of how our government is run.

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    • Our government is inefficient, petty, and slow — and yet it moves. Slowly, slowly, America has gotten to be a better place. The only reason that has happened, though, is because people have pushed their government to make it so. This is “government of, by, and for the people” at its very heart.

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  2. michaelthewriterguy

     /  February 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on michaelthewriterguy and commented:
    This was a very great post. It is concise and reveals the destructive nature of our gun violence in America. There are things that can be done to curve this, but only with help from others who realize this violence is something that has to be curved.

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  3. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Repeal/Abolish the second amendment.

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  4. Emily I have re-blogged some (most) of that (credited, of course) and I warmly congratulate you on making such useful information freely available.

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  5. Thanks for the prompting.

    I wrote my two senators and my congressional representative. The senators are likely “yes” votes for stronger, real gun control. My representative is a former sheriff of the county. We’ll see how he votes.

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