The Honorable Bill Flores
U.S. Representative, District 17, Texas
1030 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
January 9, 2013
Dear Congressman Flores,
You have recently made statements opposing any new gun control legislation, reported in the Waco Tribune-Herald. As your constituents in District 17, we reject your position and call on you to support strong measures to combat the gun slaughter in the United States. Each year at least 100,000 Americans are killed or injured in gun violence. The recent tragic death of children in Newtown emphasizes the urgency of steps to halt this senseless killing.
We thus call on you to support strong measures to combat gun violence, including:
1)a ban on assault-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, 2) background checks on all gun purchases by closing loopholes, and 3) increased funding for mental health care.
Gun control legislation has proven to be effective. After a massacre in 1996, gun control measures were passed with bipartisan support in Australia. Since that time, the number of homicides, suicides, and robberies has plummeted, and there have been NO more massacres.
A majority of Americans, including NRA members, supports new gun control legislation. Hunters and other legitimate gun owners will still be able to own firearms.
Thus, it comes down to a choice between protecting the lives of Americans or the profits of gun manufacturers. We call on you to place the health and safety of our citizens first.
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