Geoff Says: Keep Fighting Violence

Reader Geoff write in, on the effort to curb gun violence.

As you may know, the Obama people have continued their effective online website which helped him win re-election. Now its focus is organizing public opinion to counterbalance the power of the big money lobbyists and special interests who dominate Washington politics. This email asks us to sign a petition to keep pressure on Congress for wider background checks for gun sales/purchases. Will signing do any good? Perhaps – and perhaps not. But we need to try. And if millions sign on…. It takes just a moment and costs nothing (you can ignore the plea for contributions).

Despite all the coverage in the media about guns and the NRA, I suspect very few have seen this story. It would seem natural to include these FACTS whenever David Keene, the President of the NRA, is on TV or quoted in news articles concerning gun control. The NRA didn’t hesitate to make him President despite the fact that in 2002 Keene’s son, David Michael Keene, was arrested for a road rage incident in which he fired a gun at another motorist on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The round fired shattered the rear window of the victim’s car, lodging into the driver’s seat, coming within inches of hitting him, according to police reports.

Court records from the Eastern District of Virginia reveal that David Michael Keene was arrested on Dec. 5, 2002, and ultimately pleaded guilty in a plea bargain. There was a “change of plea hearing” the following April, at which he withdrew a not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to a single count in an indictment.

The government moved to dismiss other counts and at a sentencing hearing in July of that year, Judge Leonie M. Brinkeman ordered him to 10 years in prison with five years of supervised released afterward. His sentence included orders to remain drug-free, participation in mental health counseling, anger management and a ban on possession of firearms. He was released in February 2012.


Here is the letter sent to Geoff.

Geoff —

Yesterday, 45 senators chose to ignore their constituents and stand with the gun lobby.

And because of Senate rules, this minority was able to stand in the way of a bipartisan measure to expand background checks for gun sales.

A lot of people are reading the headlines today and wondering how these senators had the nerve to get up there — right in front of victims’ families from Newtown — and cast that vote against something that more than 90 percent of Americans support. I’m one of them.

Those senators made a cynical calculation that, at the end of the day, the gun lobby would be louder and stronger than we are.

Yesterday was just round one. We will keep fighting.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who care deeply about preventing gun violence, you need to show it today.

Add your name — tell Congress you’re not going to back down now until they pass a common-sense gun violence prevention bill.

Here’s where we go from here:

The senators on both sides of the aisle who stood up to the pressure and cast tough votes to do the right thing — they’re going to know that OFA supporters are going to get their backs.

And those senators who decided that not crossing the gun lobby was more important than making our kids and communities safer — OFA supporters will call them out and hold them accountable to their constituents.

The special interests have been at this longer, and they can do a real good job at scaring people by distorting the facts — they think we’ll go away quietly.

But there are so many more of us than there are of them. And as long as you don’t give up, we’re going to keep fighting, and someday soon, we will win.

Add your name right now to say you’re going to keep fighting — for the families of Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Chicago, and the thousands of other communities that have been torn apart by gun violence: