Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, not only of our loved ones, but a reminder of why we should love one another. Love and respect one another. Not hurt one another.

Americans first! Americans must love one another regardless of race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Get over identity politics and work together on mutually beneficial political issues of which there are many. A good place to start is gun control.

Last Valentine’s Day 17 students were murdered and 17 were injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The victims and survivors of Parkland, the thousands of mass shootings in America, including the 339 mass shootings in 2018 alone, deserve more than pious sentiment and political cowardice. They deserve LOVE!

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee moved to advance legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. Unlicensed gun sellers should no longer be exempt from conducting background checks. Background checks are overwhelmingly supported by Americans — even gun owners. The bill will probably pass through the Democratic-led House. The same can’t be said about the Republican-led Senate.

Republican senators — show your love for the people you represent — not the party or NRA!

The Mueller investigation exposed the Russia-snuggling NRA and Maria Butina, the Russian graduate student who pleaded guilty to working as Putin’s foreign agent tasked to infiltrate the NRA and Republican Party to help Russia influence American politics. The N.R.A. can no longer be feared and loved by career politicians. Elected officials must listen to their American constituents, who last year, for the first time in nearly two decades according to polling,  more held a negative view than a positive view of the N.R.A. and support stricter gun control laws.

The 2018 midterm elections were the first in which spending for guns-safety ads outspent gun-rights advertising, and candidates backed by gun-safety groups won.

These newly elected officials and their fellow career politicians, in Washington D.C. and every state legislature, must love and respect their constituents, their well-being and lives — over re-election and party — not only on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

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