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August 26, 2015

Mass shootings have become so commonplace that pro-gun advocates have created a fill-in-the-blank form to use for their online protestations for gun rights whenever people get killed in a high-profile mass shooting. When is a good time to talk about gun control? Never!

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Guns, ready to be used to kill people in America daily!

Mass shootings have become a regular occurrence in the United States, with an average of more than one mass shooting a day in 2015. They are so commonplace that pro-gun supporters have created this fill-in-the-blank form to be used to advocate for gun rights whenever a high-profile mass shooting occurs, making it easy for you to remind people that now is a time for mourning and not a time to talk about gun control.

Fill-In-The-Blank Response Form To Let People Know You’re Pro-Guns After A Mass Shooting

Directions: Please fill in the [blanks]. Post on all social media outlets for up to three (3) days after shooting and then promptly forget that shooting incident occurred. Can be used for as many mass shootings in the future as necessary. IMPORTANT: Remember that despite the fact that multiple people were shot by a gunman, guns are NOT the problem!

Earlier today, [# of people >1] were shot and [# of people >1] were killed at [location, MUST be within United States] by a gunman. This news is [choose one: tragic, devastating, horrific].

Today, we mourn the loss of these [# of dead people >1] people. [Name of deceased] was a [nice adjective], [nice adjective] [respected occupation or homemaker] who was loved by his/her family and community (NOTE: Repeat previous statement for each deceased person as needed, taking care to use different adjectives to describe each deceased person). This was a senseless crime. These victims will be missed.

Now is not the time to talk about guns.[choose to include up to three (3) of the following NRA-approved statements]

  • It is too soon to discuss gun rights when we are still mourning the loss of these people.
  • Do not politicize this sad and heartbreaking situation.
  • Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.
  • Gun ownership is a part of American culture and is protected by the United States Constitution.
  • The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
  • Criminals will always find a way to get guns no matter what measures we take, so what’s the point?
  • The hyper-violent media and video games are at fault.
  • We need to deal with mental health in this country.
  • Cars are more dangerous than guns.
  • If someone was determined enough, they could kill someone with a spoon. Should we outlaw spoons, too?

If a [type of person, e.g., crazy white man, depressed white man, black person, disgruntled former employee, terrorist] wants to kill someone, he could easily use a [non-gun weapon, e.g., knife, whip, saturated fats] instead of the [type of gun used in shooting, e.g., pistol, sawed-off shotgun, fully automatic weapon with large-capacity magazine] this killer used. This person was clearly harboring a great deal of [bad emotion, e.g. anger, depression, rage] based on [evidence of insanity, e.g., online manifesto, previous time spent in mental institution/prison, social media activity, ISIS affiliation] and because of this took the lives of [# of people >1] innocent people.

Don’t blame this killing by a gun on guns.

To send the above form, or perhaps something else that you write on your own, to your congressperson, find their contact information here.