How to Take Action Against Gun Violence

They were watching a movie in Aurora. They were learning to read in Newtown. They were celebrating in San Bernardino. They were dancing in Orlando.†They were playing baseball in Alexandria. They were listening to music in Las Vegas. They were praying in Sutherland Springs. And they were in class in Parkland.

And then they were killed by an assault-style rifle.

At the end of the school day on February 14th, a gunman opened fire at†Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people. According to†reports, the gunman, a former student at the high school, was armed with†a semi-automatic assault rifle.

When tragedies like this happen, it can be hard to find the right words. But itís times like these that we most need to speak out. We need to make sure that every lawmaker knows that the people — their voters — are demanding meaningful action to prevent more violence.

It’s up to all of us to push our leaders to take action, and that’s why we need people to call their legislators and create petition campaigns about gun violence today.

In 2017, the US endured†346 mass shootings. This year, there have been 30 mass shootings that have†stolen precious lives and inflicted lasting scars on communities around the country. And unless we change something, these tragedies will continue.

If you’re not sure what to say, here are†four ideas to get you started:

1. Ask your Senator or Representative to sponsor legislation to make universal background checks (or any other step you think would be helpful) mandatory for gun purchases.

2. Ask your Legislators†to sponsor legislation to create a national ban on assault weapons.

3. Ask your Governor or Legislators to renounce their support of the National Rifle Association.

4. Remind your legislators that gun laws really do help stop gun violence.

Some tips for creating a target on a petition:

  • Your campaign will have the most impact if you choose a local policymaker to address your petition to, and ask that they make clear progress on a particular piece of policy or legislation. You can look up your state’s specific gun laws†and how they compare with others on the Giffords Law Center site.
  • If you don’t know who your Senators and Representatives are,†you can look them up based on your zip code†and send your signatures to the email address provided, or even plan a more involved signature delivery.
  • If you live in Florida or have†been impacted by gun violence, your voice is even more critical right now and your petition should focus on your personal experiences.

Let’s raise our voices together to end gun violence.

If you wrote a petition on gun control, please let us know in the comments so Care2 members can help support your campaign.†

An earlier version of this article was published in 2015.†

Photo credit: Wikimedia

214 comments

Chad A
Chad Anderson1 months ago

Thank you!

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Will Rogers
Will Rogers3 months ago

Be brave America! Time to ban guns and the NRA. It is a terrorist organisation that has no place in the 21st century. There is a blot on the landscape of the world, it’s called America. If the UN wasn’t so corrupt it would put sanctions on that place for its continuing human rights abuses and its runaway gun violence problem. America seems to have a collective low level mental illness where they have normalised guns and gun violence. It’s a shame, that place used to be a focus for hope but is now a symbol of ignorance, arrogance and stubbornness. “A fool never changes its mind, but the wise change it’s mind often!” And we know that people kill people! So why give them guns?

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini3 months ago

Paul B
I can understand what you say. I think there are two different lines of argument here, one is the traditional 2nd Amendment one of being able to fight against Tyranny (outdated) and the other is self defense against single armed intruders, either in the home or in schools or wherever. In a country awash with firearms I do see you feel safer if you own one too, but I still maintain that the legal sale of semi-automatic firearms is asking for trouble. Their only pupose is to kill as many people as possible in the shortest time possible. Nobody needs them and their sale should be banned. Could you agree on that?

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joan silaco
joan silaco3 months ago

Label, label, label!

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Paul B
Paul B3 months ago

Annabel,
So we should just give up and cede ANY opportunity to defend ourselves because it is hopeless.
Under your scenario, there is ZERO chance for survival. At least armed, there is some change. Isn't that better than a defeatist, there is nothing we can do" attitude.
I and many like me aren't ready to throw in the towel on our safety.

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini3 months ago

David F
If you want to judge from history how about looking at what happened to your own idigenous population. They were armed, they fought back and what happened to them?

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Annabel B
Annabel Bedini3 months ago

David F
For goodness sake, read what I and others have posted on various threads. To say that the Jews in Italy could have saved themselves if they had been armed is ridiculous. They would have been killed in shoot-outs. The world is not the same as it was when the Founding Fathers had their say. Get real.

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David F
David F3 months ago

Annabel Bedini, is so quick to mis-remember what happened in her own country just one lifespan ago where her armed ruling class decided who was undesirable and marched innocent and unarmed citizens off to death camps.

Fortunately our founders read history books and knew that would happen here if the second amendment wasn't there to prohibit our ruling class from generating the events of Italy and almost every other country in history.

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David F
David F3 months ago

Dan, some 65,000 people died last year from opioids addiction and overdose. Can't find any statistics that link the high number of firearm assisted suicides to opioid abuse, I suspect it's considerable.

Most liberals are against a reasonable border that would keep illicit drugs out of this country, therefore, record deaths from firearm suicide and other drug related issues.

The same liberals that are for Dr. assisted suicide have a problem with firearm assisted suicide and use it as a talking point.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld3 months ago

Charles,
Nice post. These mass shootings and terrorist attaches garner much more attention that most other killings, but represent a small portion of the total. Many activists like to claim that we could eliminate the 70% of homicides are gun-related and 50% of the suicides, but I think this is too simplistic. I am sure eliminating guns would go much further towards eliminating homicides than suicides. I am not so sure how much eliminating new purchase would reduce the numbers.

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