Taking aim at gun issues
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Nov 05, 2000
Colorado residents concerned about reducing gun violence can turn to a new
Web site designed to get them more involved in the political process.
"The whole purpose of the site is to educate voters on the gun issue,
where elected officials stand on the issues and how to contact them regarding
the issues," said spokesman Ted Pascoe of DoItForTheKids.org (www.doitforthekids.org),
which recently launched its site.
The site, Pascoe explained, is designed to network voters in Colorado,
where gun safety discussions have become intense in the wake of the Columbine
High School shootings last year. The organization surveyed elected officials
in the Colorado legislature on gun-related issues, such as mandatory waiting
periods, a ban on assault weapons, the use of trigger locks and background
checks at gun shows. Pascoe said they received a 60 percent response rate.
To use the site, residents enter their ZIP code. They can then see voting
records of their state and federal representatives. The site also provides
brief biographies of elected officials, their Web sites and contact information.
Users can also register to vote and can compose and send messages to local,
state and national media organizations.
Pascoe said the site is intended to be neutral and doesn't advocate
any particular issue, except gun safety. The site does provide links to
state and national gun control organizations, such as the Colorado GunViolence
Accountability Project and Handgun Control Inc., as well as to anti-gun-control
advocates, including the National Rifle Association, the Colorado State
Shooting Association and the Gun Owners of America.