Last weekend, I, along with about 20 other Kansans, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with 2,000 of my fellow Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action volunteer leaders to learn more about how to prevent gun violence in our communities.

We were together when we heard about yet another horrifying shooting in El Paso, Texas. Yet another community, more families, have been traumatized by gun violence.

Mass shootings like this one are well-publicized, but homicides and suicides occur regularly without any media coverage. On Friday, a woman was killed at an arts event in Kansas City, Mo. It is believed that she was an innocent bystander.

There is so much more we can do to keep our families safe. We must act NOW. We need our senators in Washington to vote to require a background check on all gun sales.

The House of Representatives has already passed such a bill. Urge your senator to take action. To be connected with your senator, text CHECKS to 644-33.

We also have a local group in Manhattan. To join us, go to and click “Take Action Now.” You can make a difference.

Andrea Slagle-Abrams

217 Southwind Place, Suite 101

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