Pick up the phone. Talk with your Rep and Senators. Do they support the President’s sensible gun safety plans? If no then why the hell not? Maybe ask what kind of idiot needs a thirty round magazine to bag a deer. Whatever you do, make sure that the people who represent you know how you feel. The Federalist Papers make quite clear that the Constitution intends for Representatives to represent the people who contact them. If you don’t phone in then your Rep will represent the people who do.
We need to know which Reps and Senators are on the fence. If you get no firm response or a squishy response, please let us know in the comments so we can target them for more attention.
Q: My Republican is an idiot. Should I phone him or her?
Q: Even Virginia Foxx?
A: Yes goddamit, even Virginia Foxx. Full court press. Now git.
Find your Congressperson here.
Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Guide for first timers below the jump.
(1) Use a phone. Email has nigh on zero impact. Trust me on this. Letter mail gets read and in fact has the most impact of all, but you don’t have time. Reach the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 .
(2) Remember, this person works for you. You pay his or her salary and you voted for them. You’re the boss here, or at least one of them, and it’s they who should worry about what you think of them.
(3) Identify your name and
the town or neighborhood where you live zip code. If you are not a constituent don’t bother. Since you guys never listen to me, at least google a zip code in the appropriate district before you call.
(4) State the issue.
This is easy: pass the Senate bill or the party gets it. We can (and certainly will) fix the shortcomings later. Talking points above.
(5) How strongly do you feel? Don’t apologize about feeling passionate or pissed off. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. However, keep in mind that teabaggers threaten the apocalypse over everything. Interns get jaded pretty fast when call volume is high. Polite but firm is the way to go.