To: The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Donald Trump

Politicians: Stop Taking Money from the NRA

Stop taking money from the NRA.

Why is this important?

I am a teacher and practice "lockdown" drills now on what to do in the event of a school shooting. I should not have to make my students imagine a deranged gunman hunting them through the hallways of their place of learning and community.

Every time a tragedy such as Parkland occurs, we wring our hands, debate online, then forget about it, fail to take action, and it happens all over again while too many politicians are lining their pockets with tainted money from an evil organization that cares more about profits from gun and ammunition sales than it does about the lives of innocent men, women, and children.

After the Sandy Hook massacre of first graders and their teachers, more than 400 people have been shot in more than 200 school shootings.

This doesn't even count churches, concerts, and other public spaces where people who have had too easy access to weapons specifically designed to kill people en masse have used them.

Politicians who take NRA money are complicit in gun violence. It's time that all politicians reject the NRA.