Write Your Legislator

Telling your state senator that you support gun reform is the most powerful thing you can do for gun sense in Nebraska.

Find your state senator here.

If you don’t know where to begin with such a letter or email, this template may help get you started. (Click here for language tailored to LB 289, the firearm preemption bill.)

1. Introduction.

Example: My name is _____ and I live in _____.

2. A statement expressing your concern.

Examples:
a. I am very concerned about gun violence in our country.
b. We are the only developed nation to suffer from staggering numbers of gun deaths every year.
c. I am alarmed by how common gun violence has become in the US and Nebraska.
d. It is unacceptable to me that Nebraska leads the nation in African American homicide rates.
e. Almost 100 people in Nebraska were shot just in the first six months of 2015.

3. A personal statement.

Examples:
a. I do not want my children to be raised in such violence.
b. I want to feel safe in my city/workplace.
c. Gun violence has touched my life personally. (Explain.)
d. My family should feel free to go to work and school and to the movies without worrying that someone will shoot us on purpose or by accident.

4. What you see as the solution.

Examples:
a. We should be working to strengthen gun laws, not loosen them.
b. We need to keep guns out of the hands of irresponsible and troubled people.
c. We can maintain the right to own guns while implementing laws to protect public safety.

5. What you are asking your legislator to do.

Examples:
a. I would like you to vote for public safety and against gun extremism.
b. I would like you to work for strong gun laws that will protect my family and me.
c. We do not need more guns in under-trained hands, and I would like you to stand up for common sense gun laws.

6. Sign off with name and contact info.