March for Our Lives A-Changin’ Our Times and Sounds of Silence

March for Our Lives A-Changin’ Our Times and Sounds of Silence
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March For Our Lives is a USA youth driven grassroots movement who on Saturday delivered a wake up call to every elected official that the time has come to support common sense gun laws or face being voted out of power.

By Eileen Fleming

On Saturday more than 800 protests in every American state and on every continent except for Antarctica united the world because of the Valentines Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Jennifer Hudson and the D.C. Choir took us to church with their cover of Bob Dylan’s The Times They are Changin at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C.

The final speaker at the D.C. rally was Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma González, who held silence for 6 minutes 20 seconds to mark the amount of time it took for the gunman to kill 17 people and injure 15 at her high school. After González named the students who died she stood in silence fighting back tears as did many who witnessed the “dead-air” on CNN. A few minutes into the silence, the crowd began to chant, “Never again!”

The March For Our Lives activists are NOT trying to take away guns from law-abiding homeowners and hunters. They are calling attention to the fact that the sale of new semiautomatic assault weapons had been banned in the United States from 1994 until Congress let the ban expire in 2004.

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The March for Our Lives Movement demands Congress:

Pass a law to ban the sale of assault weapons.

Prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines.

Close the loophole in the background check law that allows dangerous people who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase firearms to buy guns online or at gun shows.

For decades the National Rifle Association has influenced Members of Congress and prevented common-sense gun violence prevention measures.

The following chart from The BradyCampaign denotes NRA contributions to Senators and Congressmen. [Numbers denoting a negative reflect the amount the NRA provided their opponent]

Congressional Leadership

Member Name District Total Amount Since 1989
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-KY $1,261,874
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-NY -$15,184
Speaker Paul Ryan R-WI 1 $61,401
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-CA 12 $0
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-CA 22 $33,940
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn R-TX $59,635
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin D-IL -$3,470
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise R-LA 1 $31,300
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer D-MD 5 $0

Senate Judiciary Committee

Member Name District Total Amount Since 1989
Senator Chuck Grassley R-IA, Committee Chair $232,337
Senator Orrin G. Hatch R-UT $140,748
Senator Lindsey Graham R-SC $49,049
Senator John Cornyn R-TX $59,635
Senator Michael S. Lee R-UT $8,291
Senator Ted Cruz R-TX $77,450
Senator Ben Sasse R-NE $68,623
Senator Jeff Flake R-AZ $365,302
Senator Mike Crapo R-ID $59,989
Senator Thom Tillis R-NC $4,418,012
Senator John Kennedy R-LA $215,788
Senator Dianne Feinstein D-CA, Committee Ranking Member $0
Senator Patrick Leahy D-VT $7,000
Senator Dick Durbin D-IL -$3,470
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse D-RI $0
Senator Amy Klobuchar D-MN -$140,915
Senator Christopher A. Coons D-DE -$34,763
Senator Richard Blumenthal D-CT -$64,317
Senator Mazie Hirono D-HI -$171
Senator Cory Booker D-NJ -$23,641
Senator Kamala Harris D-CA $0

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

Member Name District Total Amount Since 1989
Rep. Bob Goodlatte R-VA 6, Committee Chair $137,126
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R-WI 5 $20,468
Rep. Lamar Smith R-TX 21 $41,014
Rep. Steve Chabot R-OH 1 $114,548
Rep. Darrell Issa R-CA 49 $37,636
Rep. Steve King R-IA 4 $63,404
Rep. Louie Gohmert R-TX 1 $13,386
Rep. Jim Jordan R-OH 4 $15,878
Rep. Ted Poe R-TX 2 $15,436
Rep. Tom Marino R-PA 10 $8,000
Rep. Trey Gowdy R-SC 4 $7,150
Rep. Raúl Labrador R-ID 1 $14,813
Rep. Blake Farenthold R-TX 27 $9,500
Rep. Doug Collins R-TX 9 $11,140
Rep. Ron DeSantis R-FL 6 $5,000
Rep. Ken Buck R-CO 4 $838,315
Rep. John Ratcliffe R-TX 4 $4,500
Rep. Martha Roby R-AL 2 $6,000
Rep. Matt Gaetz R-FL 1 $1,000
Rep. Mike Johnson R-LA 4 $7,223
Rep. Andy Biggs R-AZ 5 $2,000
Rep. John Rutherford R-FL 4 $1,000
Rep. Karen Handel R-GA 6 $90,258
Rep. Jerry Nadler D-NY 10, Committee Ranking Member $0
Rep. Zoe Lofgren D-CA 19 $0
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX 18 $0
Rep. Steve Cohen D-TN 9 $0

Of the 10 deadliest shootings over the last decade, seven involved the use of assault weapons of war. These guns have no purpose other than to fire as many bullets as possible with terrifying speed.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’ 

The children of America are leading their families and communities to engage in the democratic process by VOTING out those who do not support the change from a culture of violence to a society where all are free to pursue a life of liberty and happiness.

Be a part of that change HERE

 

Eileen Fleming, Senior Non-Arab Correspondent for USA’s TADN writes HERE

Eileen Fleming produced the UNCENSORED “30 Minutes with Vanunu” Mordechai, Israel’s nuclear whistleblower

Contact her HERE 

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