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Mon Aug 5, 2019, 06:01 PM

This email from Pete Buttigieg just arrived today:

Peggy,

Today marks seven years since an armed white supremacist stormed a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six.

Just two days ago, an armed white supremacist -- emboldened by weak gun laws and a white nationalist ideology condoned at the highest levels of government -- killed 22 people at a shopping mall in El Paso. Hours later, another gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio.

This past weekend’s shootings happened as I was visiting Las Vegas, where just two years earlier, a gunman killed 58 people.

Our country is under attack from white nationalist terrorism, inspiring murder on our soil and abetted by weak gun laws. If we are serious about national security, we must summon the courage to name and defeat this evil.

Instead, this administration is amplifying the hateful rhetoric that validates these domestic terrorists and failing to take the steps necessary to disarm them.

We are the only country in the world with more guns than people. It has not made us safer. We can acknowledge the Second Amendment and still adopt the common-sense gun laws that the majority of Americans support. Many such measures command the support of a majority -- even of Republicans and gun owners -- but not on Capitol Hill.

The NRA no longer speaks for gun owners. It speaks for the executives of gun corporations. And it shows you that Washington has been captured by special interests that no longer reflect the American people.

This past weekend’s tragedies make us angry, sorrowful, and worried for those we love and for our own futures. But we must confront this darkness head on, and do more than condemn these attacks on our communities. We must act.

Today, call your Senators and tell them you demand they pass common-sense gun legislation that the majority of Americans want. Dial 877-615-7198 and we’ll connect you.

These moments are extremely difficult and we have big challenges ahead. But these are problems we can solve. We can do this -- but only if we’re ready to walk away from what hasn’t worked and take bold action. We need to summon the courage to break with the past and focus on specific, practical solutions. We need to confront this threat with the urgency it deserves.

Like so many in the generation that came of age around September 11th, I signed up to fight the terrorist threat to our nation as a military officer. Now, in the face of white nationalist terror, our leaders must stand up to fight this threat to our national security.

We need our leaders to act, but first they need to hear from you. You are part of the light that will drive out this darkness. Together, we will work even harder to create a better future, and make those who come after us proud of how we met this moment.

Pete

Pete for America


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