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Sign the Thank You Letter to Ed Stack, CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods.

In March, we sent the following open letter to Edward Stack, the CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods for his bold leadership in the retail sector to end gun violence in America. On May 3rd, we learned that Dick's Sporting Goods has retained Glover Park Group to lobby congress on gun reform. Please add your name to this thank you letter to Mr Stack. This letter has been signed by the families and survivors impacted by gun violence but we would like to send them more gratitude for his leadership. We hope other CEOs will follow his lead.

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In Newtown, Connecticut, One Man’s Journey Out of America’s Gun Culture

Eric Milgram doesn’t exactly have the typical résumé for a gun-control activist. Like millions of Americans, he grew up around firearms. He received his first shotgun at the age of 13. As a young man, he owned eight guns and was a member of the National Rifle Association. After moving to Newtown, Conn., in 2010, he set up a target behind his house and tried to teach his children to shoot. He was even contemplating buying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

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From survivor to activist: Girl, 12, who was saved by her teacher during Sandy Hook massacre joins March For Our Lives protest after being inspired by Parkland students

Lauren Milgram was six years old when she survived the Sandy Hook massacre. She was saved when her teacher hid her and 15 other students in a tiny bathroom. Lauren and her 15-year-old brother, a fellow survivor, marched in DC on Saturday. They joined 400 people from Newtown, including many Sandy Hook survivors

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The Fearless, Outraged Young Protesters at the March for Our Lives

Until recently, advocates for gun control hadn’t realized what their movement was missing: fearless, outraged teen-agers. On Saturday morning, in Washington, D.C., students and parents gathered to protest the lenient gun laws that allow for endless mass shootings in America. Many had orange price tags dangling from their wrists: $1.05, the amount the National Rifle Association donated to the Republican senator Marco Rubio, divided by the number of students in Florida, the state he represents. A massive sound system broadcast pop songs: Kesha’s “Tik Tok,” Britney Spears’s “Toxic,” the Killers’ “Mr. Brightside.” The mood was celebratory, but determined.

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Students' #NeverAgain Movement Shifting Political Climate in National Fight Against Gun Violence

After the latest mass shooting incident that killed 17 students and teachers at Parkland Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, expectations were that interest in yet another tragic story of gun violence would soon fade from the headlines. But something is different this time. Student survivors of the Parkland massacre refused to let their grief and trauma stop them from speaking out and becoming active in the campaign to rein in gun violence.

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I Used an Assault Rifle in the Army. I Don’t Think Civilians Should Own Them.

I was 19 the first time I held an assault rifle. It was on a concrete court inside a National Guard armory in Bloomington, Ind., where I’d gathered with fellow R.O.T.C. cadets for weapons training. A sergeant opened an olive-drab arms case and handed out M-16A2s. We each took one apart and reassembled it, learning the sequence, learning how to safely clear it, learning to check its functions. It has been years since I held one, but regardless of the model — an M-16, an M-4 or a civilian variant like the AR-15 or Sig Sauer MCX — I’m confident I could disassemble it blindfolded.

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NRA Member: "NRA does not speak for me"

Today it is one of the most powerful and influential entities in Washington, D.C. Its CEO and Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, has become the poster child and figurehead of the pro-gun movement in the post- Sandy Hook era. As a gun owner and proud supporter of the second amendment, I will freely tell you that Wayne LaPierre and the NRA do not speak for me. As a Newtown resident, I find it difficult to express the emotions brought up by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Honor With Action

Days before the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown Action Alliance and supporters honor the memories of gun violence victims through acts of kindness and service around the DC metro area prior to the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence at the Washington National Cathedral.

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