What YOU Can Do To Address Gun Violence
VOTE. You must vote in every single election, not just in presidential elections or those sexy races at the top of the ballot. Every single election, including local races for school board or city council. Once a candidate is in the electoral pipeline, it is easy for them to continue to be elected until they are unstoppable.
WORK TO ELECT THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. Know every candidate’s stand on gun violence. Work for those who support your views. Volunteer for their races and use your online social network and in person to promote them – even those who are outside your district. Donate to their campaigns. Become a cheerleader and help them win voters so they can advocate good gun policy when elected.
PRESSURE THOSE IN OFFICE. Make their lives uncomfortable if they refuse to support universal background checks that 85% of us support or vote to secretly are teachers. Start with your state representative, state senator, congressman/woman and include your U.S. Senator. Show up at their town halls, testify at hearings, tweet at them and comment on their Facebook pages. Hold vigils outside their offices. Ask publicly and peacefully whey they refuse to support sane gun laws that will save lives. Be a nuisance.
USE YOUR VOICE – EVERYWHERE. Talk to your friends at book clubs, PTA and church meetings and on Facebook. Ask if they have a gun and if it’s locked away from where your children/grandchildren play. Follow gun legislation and make your voice heard. Write letters to the editor, even to local papers. And especially talk to your family and neighbors at every social gathering.
CHANGE THE CULTURE. Join groups that push to get guns out of our stores – and don’t shop at ones that won’t. Demand your school board NOT arm teachers. Leave immediately if open carry enthusiasts show up at restaurants or shops.