On Tuesday, Organizing for Action, the grassroots organization that is the successor of President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, sent out an email invoking the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, written by the father of a boy who lost his life in the tragedy, the Washington Times reports.
“My son, Daniel, was a smart, quiet kid,” begins the email, which was composed by Tom Mauser, of Littleton, Colo.
“On April 20th, 1999, my beautiful and bright 15-year-old son was killed by two teenagers with guns in the library of Columbine High School — one of 12 innocent kids who lost their lives for no reason at all.”
The email, which was sent with hopes of raising funds for Obama’s gun control efforts, claimed Congress has failed to take “common sense action” to keep tragedies like Columbine from happening.
“[E]ven though nine in 10 Americans have agreed that it’s time to act by expanding background checks to close the loopholes that put guns in the hands of dangerous people,” Mauser wrote.
The email also publicizes an event Wednesday for “a national Day of Action to ask members of Congress: What will it take to finally act to prevent gun violence?”
“The last questions you ever want to hear as a parent are: ‘What was your child wearing, and do you have any dental records?’” Mauser said.
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