Support the John Lewis Sit-in

Posted on 23 June 2016

This is the letter I sent to my Federal Senators and House Representative. Feel free to use it as a template for your own letters.

Dear Senator/Representative,

It has come to my attention that House Representative John Lewis has initiated a sit-in for legislation on gun control. I applaud both his courage and his humanity.

Currently we have citizenry armed and poised to go to war with its government and other segments of the US public. What we are experiencing is tantamount to guerilla warfare against the vulnerable and the disenfranchised.

The US is a DEMOCRACY precisely to ensure our problems are sorted out peacefully. We should be educating people on how to co-exist and resolve conflict through discussion, mediation and legislation, NOT handing them more and more sophisticated weaponry.

I am a citizen of the US and I am currently living in Australia. I can tell you for a fact that Australia is neither more violent nor has more difficulty with its government than the US, even though it has a gun ban.

I would like to urge you, if you aren’t already, please support John Lewis and all those who are participating in the sit-in. Thank you so much for all your work on my behalf and on the behalf of my family. Being able to live in a country where we can also be free from the fear of random gun deaths would be a real achievement.

Kind regards,

Katherine Phelps

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