Senator Rob Portman
37 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
February 16, 2018
Dear Senator Portman,
I understand that over your career, you have benefitted from more than three million dollars worth of support* from the National Rifle Association. That is a lot of money. And I also understand that political careers require a lot of money.
But now, after yet another horrifying school shooting, I am begging you: Take a bird’s eye view for a moment. Pause and think about the sanctity of human life. Think about those families whose innocent children were murdered this week. And think about the entire community of Parkland, their shock, grief, loss.
Think about all the other communities that have lost children due to senseless gun violence.
Think about the child-shaped holes in the lives of these families, friends, and communities.
I am the mother of a ten year old girl. She is vibrant and amazing and beloved, and when she goes to school, I believe she should be free to learn and grow. When I start to imagine how those grieving parents must feel, and will feel forever…
Senator Portman, you are in a unique and powerful position to lead one of the most humanitarian missions of our time. On your watch, Senator, what will you do to protect innocent lives?
At what point will you step forward and lead our nation by rejecting money attached to the organization which, directly or indirectly, is responsible for these innocent lives?
What will it take? Will it take you losing someone who is close to you? (I hope not, because I do not wish that grief on anyone.)
How many tragedies are too many? When do you say ENOUGH?
Please, please use your position of power for good: Stand up to the gun lobby and say no. Tell them you will find other ways to sustain your career.
*(source: NYTimes, 10/4/17, “Thoughts and Prayers and NRA Funding”)