We Need Gun Control Now

 

Like many Americans we are incredibly heart-broken and frustrated by the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022. The shooting took place in Uvalde, a small town in rural Texas with a population of 16,000. The attack killed 19 students ranging from 2nd to 4th grade and 2 teachers.

In the last 2 months, there have been numerous high profile shootings targeted at minorities.

In Sunset Park, a predominantly Hispanic, Latino, and Asian working class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, a gunman set off smoke grenades in a crowded subway car and then opened fire. 23 people were injured.

A shooting spree in Dallas, Texas targeting Asian owned businesses, injured 3 women of Korean descent at a hair salon. 

A supermarket shooting broke out in Buffalo, New York in a predominantly Black community by an 18 year-old male. 10 people were shot and killed. 

A gunman attacked a lunch banquet at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods, California killing one person and wounding five others.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We need ACTION NOW. We need gun control.

Below is a list of resources on how to take action and ways to help families of the victims. And please VOTE in elections to make your voice heard. 

DONATE TO FAMILIES OF VICTIMS

  • Verified GoFundMe links are saved in a hub rounding up fundraisers set up by friends and family members of the victims from the Uvalde shooting.
  • Victims First is a network of families of the deceased and survivors from over two decades of previous mass shootings. On their page, they state that "100% of what is collected goes DIRECTLY to the victim base so the victims’ families and those wounded/injured are protected from fraud and exploitation."
  • Los Verdes Supporter Group based out of Austin, Texas launched their fundraiser to help with medical expenses. 

    OTHER WAYS TO HELP AND TAKE ACTION

    • Donate blood to South Texas Blood and Tissue. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, emergency blood drives were set up in Texas. You can also make an appointment.
    • University Health has also encouraged people to donate blood for their trauma center in San Antonio, Texas. 
    • Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in America. Their page reads "Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, life-saving laws have been thwarted by the gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives." Visit their page for ways to be part of the movement, to take action, and to donate to the work they're doing.
    • March for Our Lives supports and centers the people and communities impacted by gun violence. The organization was born out of another tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida and as stated on their page "is a courageous you-led movement dedicated to promoting civic engagement, education, and direct action by youth to eliminate the epidemic of gun violence." They aim to create safe and healthy communities and livelihoods where gun violence is obsolete. Consider donating or getting involved with the organization.
    • CALL YOUR SENATORS! House Democrats passed two gun control bills in March 2021. HR 8 would expand background checks and HR 1446  would increase the background check waiting period. Both are necessary and both are currently stalled in the Senate due largely to Republican opposition. Below are the 52 Senators (50 Republicans and two Democrats) who are opposed to suspending the filibuster to pass gun control legislation with a simple majority. If you are passionate about preventing gun violence, call your senator and demand action. 
      1. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky: (202) 224-2541
      2. John Thune of South Dakota: (202) 224-2321
      3. John Barrasso of Wyoming: (202) 224-6441
      4. Roy Blunt of Missouri: (202) 224-5721
      5. Joni Ernst of Iowa: (202) 224-3254
      6. Rick Scott of Florida: (202) 224-5274
      7. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee: (202) 224-3344
      8. John Boozman of Arkansas: (202) 224-4843
      9. Mike Braun of Indiana: (202) 224-4814
      10. Richard Burr of North Carolina: (202) 224-3154
      11. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia: (202) 224-6472
      12. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana: (202) 224-5824
      13. Susan Collins of Maine: (202) 224-2523
      14. John Cornyn of Texas: (202) 224-2934
      15. Tom Cotton of Arkansas: (202) 224-2353
      16. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota: (202) 224-2043
      17. Mike Crapo of Idaho: (202) 224-6142
      18. Ted Cruz of Texas: (202) 224-5922
      19. Steve Daines of Montana: (202) 224-2651
      20. Deb Fischer of Nebraska: (202) 224-6551
      21. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: (202) 224-5972
      22. Chuck Grassley of Iowa: (202) 224-3744
      23. Bill Hagerty of Tennessee: (202) 224-4944
      24. Josh Hawley of Missouri: (202) 224-6154
      25. John Hoeven of North Dakota: (202) 224-2551
      26. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi: (202) 224-5054
      27. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma: (202) 224-4721
      28. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin: (202) 224-5323
      29. John Kennedy of Louisiana: (202) 224-4623
      30. James Lankford of Oklahoma: (202) 224-5754
      31. Mike Lee of Utah: (202) 224-5444
      32. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming: (202) 224-3424
      33. Joe Manchin of West Virginia: (202) 224-3954
      34. Roger Marshall of Kansas: (202) 224-4774
      35. Jerry Moran of Kansas: (202) 224-6521
      36. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: (202) 224-6665
      37. Rand Paul of Kentucky: (202) 224-4343
      38. Rob Portman of Ohio: (202) 224-3353
      39. Jim Risch of Idaho: (202) 224-2752
      40. Mitt Romney of Utah: (202) 224-5251
      41. Mike Rounds of South Dakota: (202) 224-5842
      42. Marco Rubio of Florida: (202) 224-3041
      43. Ben Sasse of Nebraska: (202) 224-4224
      44. Tim Scott of South Carolina: (202) 224-6121
      45. Richard Shelby of Alabama: (202) 224-5744
      46. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona: (202) 224-4521
      47. Dan Sullivan of Alaska: (202) 224-3004
      48. Thom Tillis of North Carolina: (202) 224-6342
      49. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania: (202) 224-4254
      50. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama: (202) 224-4124
      51. Roger Wicker of Mississippi: (202) 224-6253
      52. Todd Young of Indiana: (202) 224-5623

     

    Sources: NY Times, BuzzFeed, CNN