Urge Jim Lehrer to ask the candidates about gun violence during the presidential debate
Dear Jim Lehrer:
As moderator of the first presidential debate in Denver Colorado, we respectfully request that you ask President Obama and Governor Romney to present their plans to address the issue of gun violence in our nation, because
- The debate will take place within 10 miles of two of the most deadly mass shootings in U.S. history: Columbine High School and the Aurora movie theater.
- Every day in our nation 32 more Americans are murdered with guns.
- During the next presidential term, 48,000 more Americans will be murdered unless we do something about it.
Since the recent tragedies in Aurora, Colorado and Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a real national conversation has begun, bringing together Americans from across the nation and across the political spectrum, to call for real solutions — solutions that recognize the Second Amendment right to bear arms — solutions with the only goal of preventing gun violence.
It is time our presidential candidates listen to the American public, join the conversation, and provide us with their plans.
As a nation, we know we are better than this. It is time for those seeking our highest office to show that they know it to.