Dear Center Supporter:
The National Rifle Association’s extremist agenda has held our political system hostage for too long.
The Center for Biological Diversity has long fought the NRA over the senseless killing of endangered wolves, condors, polar bears and bald eagles. After the horrific, gun-charged killings in Newtown — and seeing the NRA’s sickening refusal to take responsibility or support any gun violence reforms at all — I’ve decided that enough is enough! . . .
We just ran a full-page ad in The New York Times calling out the NRA’s extremist political agenda and endorsing not only the elimination of highly toxic lead from bullets (a longtime Center campaign) but also legislation to end gun violence against people.
Please stand with us this holiday season. Donate to our Stop NRA Extremism Fund today so we can continue to run ads and campaigns protecting people and wildlife from gun violence and pollution. Then visit our NRA Hostage website and sign the petitions. Spread the word by sharing the website on Facebook and forwarding this email to your friends.
Some will say gun violence is not an environmental issue. I say, after Newtown, gun violence is an issue for all Americans. After Newtown, breaking the NRA’s stranglehold on our political system is an issue for everyone.
Please stand with us:
— Call on President Barack Obama to cast the NRA’s powerful political threats aside in crafting gun violence legislation. We can’t let NRA money and threats stop common sense solutions any longer.
— Call on Congress to eliminate toxic lead from bullets — this lead threatens to poison pregnant women, children, underprivileged people who rely on food banks, those who live near or go to shooting ranges and some 20 million birds and other animals who painfully die every year of lead poisoning from discarded lead bullets.
Please give generously today to our Stop NRA Extremism Fund. Every gift will be matched by a generous donor, so your gift of $50, $100 or $1,000 will be worth twice as much.
The NRA’s refusal to give any ground in the wake of the Newtown killings — or those which followed in Pennsylvania and New York this week — is no surprise: the gun lobby has consistently opposed even the most common sense, non-controversial reforms such as funding confiscation of illegal guns from criminals and the mentally ill, and eliminating poisonous lead from bullets.
The killing will not stop — the poisoning will not stop — unless we band together to make it stop. Please join us.
For an end to senseless violence and poisoning,
Center for Biological Diversity
P.S. The NRA is counting on the public to forget and move on before political change can happen. We won’t let that happen. Please donate today to our Stop NRA Extremism Fund, knowing that every gift will be matched. Sign the petition on our NRA Hostage website and share it with all your Facebook friends. Then forward this email. Now is the time for everyone who cares about people, wildlife and preventing violence to join together once and for all.