I thought I’d offer some additional advice for writing lawmakers, and that advice is this: don’t offer compromises. It’s fine to offer a legislator some other talking point that has nothing to do with your issue, like mental illness, but don’t offer compromises on the core issue. The message they need to hear from constituents should boil down to “NO NEW GUN CONTROL!”
Compromise is something that happens as part of a legislative process, and it something lobbyists end up doing when the choice ends up being to get a beating or getting knifed in the back. When we stand firm, we make it more likely people lobbying on our behalf won’t end up in that situation in the first place. If we offer compromises, it signals to lawmakers we’re not serious. Your lawmaker may start to wonder what else you might be fine with compromising on.