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An Open Letter to Congressional Leadership Calling for a Special Session on Gun Legislation

by Jonathan Cowan

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On December 14th, twenty-six children and school employees were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut, in one of the most heartbreaking gun massacres in the nation’s history. This horrific event spurred an avalanche of immediate calls for action, but already some congressional leaders are now saying that Congress does not have the time to debate gun legislation.

We call on Congress to stop the delay and set aside three days before March 14th (3 months from the shootings at Sandy Hook) for a special session to debate and vote on gun bills in both houses of Congress, with simple up or down majority votes. There has been virtually no congressional discussion of gun policy in nearly a decade. Surely, three days can be spared to try to stem the bloodshed and keep guns out of the wrong hands.

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