Some may dismiss People Magazine as little more than a gossip rag, but in an amazing and surprising move, the magazine just took a stand on a major issue: gun control.

The upcoming issue of the publication will be dedicated to the tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Oregon as well as 22 people of all ages who died in mass shootings in the last year. What’s more, the magazine has dedicated two whole pages—that’s a lot of real estate—to publishing the phone numbers of 535 Congressmen and women in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, so readers can let their thoughts on gun control be known.

“We all ask ourselves the same questions: How could it happen again? What are we doing about gun violence in America?” writes People editorial director Jess Cagle. “[A]s a country we clearly aren’t doing enough, and our elected officials’ conversations about solutions usually end in political spin.”

So, People is calling on its 3.5 million subscribers and any other American who might pick up the magazine at a newsstand, grocery store, airport, or gas station to do something about it, to let their representatives know that gun control needs to be addressed—and it needs to be addressed now.

“We need to know that our representatives in Washington, D.C., are looking for solutions and not giving up, and they need to know if we agree or disagree with their strategies,” Cagle continues. “Below, we’ve provided phone numbers, email addresses and Twitter handles for all 535 voting members of the House and Senate. Let’s make sure they know that from now on, ‘routine’ responses just won’t cut it.”

Here are the number for all 525 Congressmen and women. Give yours a call and, as People puts it, ask them what they’re doing about gun violence in America. Let’s put an end to this routine.


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