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188: Why We March

Patricia Oliver places 2280 pencils, each one representing the 2,280 kids who have been killed by gun violence in the time the Senate has refused to bring bipartisan gun violence prevention to a vote, at the 2022 Fight For Our Future Rally.

The day before we gathered to lay out 2,280 schoolbooks and broken pencils* before the U.S. Capitol (each one representing the 2,280 children that have been killed by gun violence since the Senate refused to bring a vote on background checks), and two days prior to the 2022 March for Our Lives, host JJ was joined in the Brady offices by Christian Heyne (Vice President of Policy at Brady) and Founders of Change the Ref (and parents of Joaquin "Guac" Oliver), Manuel and Patricia Oliver. Together, as the night turned late, they discussed why continuing to march and maintaining pressure on elected leaders is so important in the ongoing fight against gun violence. ..and what it's like to be marching, once again, in 2022.

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Urge your senators to expand and strengthen background checks.
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Mentioned in this podcast:
How Change The Ref Is Demanding We Bring Back Lockdown To Spark A Conversation Around Gun Safety (Forbes)
Guac: My Son, My Hero (NBC Charlotte)
Fight For Our Future Rally (Brady)

*these notebooks were then donated, following the event

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