As President Obama just said, "This was a pretty shameful day for Washington."
A majority of senators stood with more than 90 percent of Americans today to support expanding background checks for gun sales. But it wasn't enough—a group of senators defied the will of their constituents and blocked a simple vote on common-sense legislation that would protect our kids and our communities.
The victims of Newtown deserve action. The same goes for the people of Tucson, and Virginia Tech, and Aurora, and Chicago, and every single community that has been devastated by gun violence.
They deserve action now.
Organizing for Action supporters have not let the naysayers hold them back, and they've spoken out loudly in this debate. More than 22,000 of you called the Senate today alone. For anyone wondering, supporters of common-sense reform aren't going anywhere—it's too important that our representatives in Washington clearly hear the voices of the people who put them there.
We won't sit around and let Congress drag its heels while Americans are coming together to demand action. We won't wait for the next Newtown.
This Saturday, OFA supporters are holding events in states where senators hold the key to expanding background checks.
The President's right. Today was just round one. "Those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence have to be as passionate and organized and as vocal as those who blocked these common-sense steps to keep our kids safe."
We're not done fighting. Add your name right now to say you're going to keep fighting too.