"Hey senators, are you being paid per life lost due to gun violence, or just a flat fee?" -Erica Lafferty (via twitter)
If you're following the politics of preventing gun violence as closely as us, you have probably heard the name Erica Lafferty by now.
Erica is the 27-year-old daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, whose bravery will surely define her legacy.
Erica is bold, courageous, and has become a champion of the cause against gun violence. She clearly understands the power that can result from speaking out
and the effect it can have coupled with fierce resolve.
Like mother, like daughter.
Here's some of what Erica has been doing recently:
* She has contacted each of the U.S. Senators threatening to filibuster proposed gun legislation and demanded that they meet with and listen to her message: victims of gun violence deserve a vote. She, quite publicly, would not take 'no' for an answer from these Senators.
* Erica confronts Senators directly who had voted in a cowardly manner, not listening to their constituents or to the families of victims of gun violence. She has called these senators out in plain language that resonates.
* She tweets (@E_Laffs2
) about her communications and experiences, expressing frustrations, gratitude and sadness. After all, her mother was murdered not even five months ago in a horrific event which rattled the world.
It is hard to hear what Erica has been doing or to read her words and not be moved - moved to tears, as well as moved to further engage in this effort to bring about common sense solutions
to the horrific realities of gun violence in this country.
We have seen simply by watching the public's support of what families of Sandy Hook victims have been doing, that each voice CAN and DOES make a difference
. One voice joins with other voices, and the collective voice has that much more impact. This is why WE at The ENOUGH Campaign are continuing to write to you and request that you continue to engage.
We thank you, Erica Lafferty, for your bravery and for your resolve. We will support you and help spread your message.
We support ALL affected by gun violence who are bravely speaking out for change.
We, like you, are NOT backing down. And we will not take 'no' for an answer lightly, either.
The ENOUGH Campaign Team