Remembering Wendi Winters

If Not Now, When?

"Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not. But that's unacceptable. As others have observed, talking about how to stop mass shootings in the aftermath of a string of mass shootings isn't 'too soon.' It's much too late." - Ezra Klein

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, a gunman took the lives of five members of the Annapolis Capital Gazette staff. One of those killed was Wendi Winters, a beloved, esteemed member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis and a long-time committed UU. Taking action in Wendi’s honor would align with who she was. Her children asked the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland, which is our faith’s advocacy group in Annapolis, to prepare options for you to take action and contact your elected officials.

Please take time today to act.  Write your personal reasons why you want your elected officials to respond to this crisis with concrete plans to present during their campaigns and to act upon when elected. There is no specific piece of legislation to support in Maryland at this time that adequately responds to this tragedy, but we are working with our coalition partners on a variety of options for action for elected officials to take after the November election. The circumstances that lead to mass shootings and gun violence are many; thus, your suggestions and the responses of candidates will hopefully lead to a comprehensive approach by elected officials and others who can make a difference.

Below are some samples that may help you formulate why you are writing to ask them to support legislation to prevent another mass shooting.

One of Wendi’s major activities was working with youth. It would be helpful if you shared this information sheet with at least one young person and asked them to contact a candidate for elected office, as you are doing.

Sample text for letters to candidates for elected office.
(Please personalize. Add to/change to make it you own)

Dear Candidate,
The gun violence that killed Capital Gazette reporter Wendi Winters and four of her co-workers is beyond acceptable. Your stand on what we do about this problem is very important to me. I urge you let me and all voters know how you plan to address all issues associated with gun violence in our state.
[Sign your full name. Then, PLEASE PRINT your full name and address below. This is extremely important!]

John S. Smith

3456 Grove Road

Annapolis, MD 21401


Dear …
The Capital Gazette shootings and the death Wendi Winters, remind us that even in Maryland we have not done nearly enough to stop gun violence. I urge you to make this issue a top priority for your campaign in November. It will be my top priority as I vote.


Dear …

Today I write to you about the death of Wendi Winters, one of five Capital Gazette staff members who were murdered recently.
Addressing gun violence will be top issue for me in November when I vote. I urge you to consider constructive ways to protect lives, and then to tell us - the voters - what plans you will offer and fight to enact.


Dear …
I am writing to you about the death of Wendi Winters, one of the Capital Gazette staff members who was murdered here in Annapolis. I am grieving. And I am angry - her death was preventable. And so were many of the other 100's of gun deaths in our state over the last few years.
No matter one's political views, surely, we can agree that our laws should be written to better protect us, particularly from people who are known to harass and make violent threats. This will be a top issue for me in November when I vote. I urge you to consider constructive solutions, and then to tell us - the voters - what plans you will offer to save lives.


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You can find information about the issues surrounding gun violence here.