Okay, I need you guys to watch this. It’s hard. Do it anyway.

People here like to talk a big game about living in the greatest country in the world. We wax poetic about our natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We preach freedom of speech, religion, and assembly. But we’ve also reached a time when you either believe Trump is returning America to its Glory Days or you’re concerned democracy itself is fraying under daily abuse.

Now watch that video again. Tell me how any country that calls itself great can sit back and leave its youth vulnerable like this.

On February 27, 2019 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 by a vote of 240-190. It was received in the Senate on February 28, 2019 and read into the record. The latest action listed was a second reading on March 4, 2019 after which Mitch McConnell had the bill placed on the Senate calendar rather than referring it to committee where it might eventually be passed by the full Senate. He’s given this same run around treatment to H.R. 1112 Bipartisan Background Checks Act, “Red-flag” laws, and assault weapons bans. McConnell’s held the discussion on responsible gun control hostage for a full six months now – I don’t have the emotional energy to calculate how many preventable gun deaths we’ve had in that period.

Here’s what I will say. Contact your representatives. (Not sure how? Go here to look up your state Representative and Senators.) No matter which side of the gun control argument you fall on, the American people deserve an open and honest debate about how our country moves forward from here. No one man should be able to hijack the legislative agenda this way. Contact your representatives and demand they publicly pressure McConnell to move forward.

Our lives depend on it.