Ahead of the State of the Union address – call Congress about gun violence.

Update, 2/12/13: As of 9:14 CST this morning, the tally stands at 1,771 dead.

Update: As of 3:52 pm CST, the tally stands at 1,747 dead.

When I first glanced at Slate’s gun death tally this morning [Monday], about two hours before typing these words, 1,686 Americans had been fatally shot since Newtown; two hours later, that number stands at 1,695.

The President is bound to talk, possibly at length, about gun violence during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. If you haven’t called/emailed Congress and the White House yet about good gun laws and good policies, please please — do so.

Click here for all the phone numbers, links, and a sample script.

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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