Asking For Stricter Gun Laws

Author’s Note: It can be difficult to figure out how to ask for change from elected officials. For that reason, I’ve included a model draft letter below which asks for changes in gun laws. To use the letter, just copy and paste it and make changes to the fields indicated in brackets. You can search for your representative in Congress here, and you can find the senators for your state here. If there is movement on this issue, I intend to publish more draft letters as they are needed. Also, if you have any questions about the letter, I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the comments below.

Dear [title and name of politician here]:

I am writing to respectfully request you propose and support legislation which decreases the severity of gun violence in the United States. Specifically, I request that this legislation accomplish the following:

(1) Propose an amendment to the United States Constitution which repeals the Second Amendment.

(2) Restrict the sale, transport, and possession of any model of firearm which has been used in a mass shooting in the United States.

(3) Restrict the sale, transport, and possession of any firearm which can fire on a semi-automatic setting or design.

(4) Restrict the sale and possession of firearms to people under the age of 21.

(5) Provide a budget sufficient for Federal authorities to enforce legislation items 2-4.

(6) The restrictions in items 2-4 should not apply to anyone in law enforcement or an active member of the U.S. military.

Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.


[Your name here]

Revision Notes: Updated item (2) for clarity.