We’re Not Done on Gun Safety

Today NAACP Director of the Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, Hilary O. Shelton sent out the following email to over 500 NAACP activists who shared emotionally gripping gun violence stories:

Last week I traveled to Capitol Hill to speak with legislators and to demand they take action on new gun control laws.

In my hands and my heart, I carried your story with me – along with the stories of too many others like you from all across our country. I brought these stories to members of Congress to read, to hear, to remember.

And yesterday, the Senate took up the issue for the first time. Regrettably, 46 Senators were able to block a vote to expand background checks that was sure to pass.

I know it’s upsetting, but we cannot let this act of cowardice distract us from our mission. This is only the beginning of the fight, and if it’s the last thing we do, I will make sure you, those you know, and those whose memory you keep alive are not forgotten by the politicians in Washington.

Telling your story could not have been easy, and it is difficult to put into words how deeply, deeply appreciative I am that you were willing to share it.

Together, we will continue our efforts to put an end to the senseless violence that takes from us our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and neighbors.

Thank you again for telling your story.