The Transylvania Times -

Vote To Keep Children Safe


February 19, 2018

Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the latest victims in Parkland, Fla. - the 18th shooting on or near a school in the first month-and-a-half this year. Words cannot express our outrage with lawmakers who refuse to pass common sense legislation aimed at curbing incidents of gun violence in our “civilized” society.

We, as voters in North Carolina, are partially to blame since both Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Thom Tillis are on the list of the top 5 U.S. Senators nationwide for National Rifle Association donations. Senator Burr has accepted $6.99 million and Thom Tillis has accepted $4.42 million in NRA contributions. Donald Trump has accepted $21 million.

In the 2016 election alone, the NRA spent $11,438,118 to support Donald Trump and another $19,756,346 to oppose Hillary Clinton, for a total of approximately $31 million in a single race for president. 2016 electoral spending by the NRA and its affiliate The NRA Institute for Legislative Action totaled $54 million, most of which went to support Republicans. These are the facts of how The NRA is destroying our “government by, and for, the people.”

The actions by these same elected officials, such as offering their condolences and visiting school sites to pay their respects while refusing to support common sense gun control measures, makes me sick.

We can and must take action. Call Senators Burr and Tillis and Rep. Mark Meadows at (202) 224-3121 to demand they pass common sense gun legislation.

Finally, let’s come together to vote these individuals out of office while electing those who support life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all, especially schoolchildren!

Sally MacMillan



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