18 school shootings in the US since January 1. 18 times that children found themselves in harm's way in a place that should be a sanctuary. 18 times that parents waited, terrified, hoping and praying that their children were safe. And 18 times that we are hearing about "thoughts and prayers" while our Congress does nothing to protect us and our families.

18 times that some will say "don't politicize" this tragedy. 18 times that others will say that there is "nothing" that we can do about it. 18 times that we will hear that this is about "mental health" issues, and not about access to guns.

The American people are united in wanting to do something. 90% of Americans support background checks on all gun sales. Majorities support bans on assault-type weapons. More than 70% support closing loopholes that allow some domestic abusers to access guns.

The only thing standing in the way is the people sitting in Congress. People like John Carter who has an A+ rating from the NRA

We must stand united on this public health crisis, and the only way to do that is to vote out everyone who has failed to protect the American people in deference to the NRA, and vote in people who will commit to creating legislation to address the gun violence epidemic.

Help me take this seat.