The Grape and R. and I had a fantastic, fun-packed winter weekend. We went sledding twice—once at night after bedtime and all Sunday afternoon with friends, we visited the Children's Museum; attended a holiday party, and we attended a Finnish language Christmas service on a snowy Saturday evening. We made cookies, listened to Christmas music, admired our tree, and played with the Grape and Lila the Dog in the snow.
And R. and I took five minutes on Saturday, December 14, to send an email to our Massachusetts representatives, because we were thinking of the families in Newtown, Connecticut who lost their little children to a horrific gun massacre one year ago. Those families don't get to make memories with their kids because the country's lax gun laws allowed a mentally unstable young man to slaughter them, in the sanctuary of their elementary school, with a military style assault weapon.
Since Congress a) never works—the U.S. House worked a whopping four days this December (nice work if you can get it, I suppose), and b) appears hopelessly gridlocked on everything from immigration reform to naming post offices, we believe the best chance for progress on comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation lies with the states. 2013 was a mixed bag for gun violence prevention legislation: many states, perhaps most notably Connecticut, strengthened their laws, while many states, mainly in the Bible Belt, loosed theirs.
We believe it's important that our state representatives keep hearing from concerned parents on this important issue.
In case it's helpful, I'll paste a copy of the letter R. and I sent Saturday below.
It's easy to find your state representatives' contact information. Just Google "look up state rep" and/or "look up state senator" and the name of your state. Every state has a tool where you can enter your address to find the names and contact information for your elected officials.