Everytown

Let me begin by saying that my heart is with the families in Uvalde, Texas who this week lost their children and loved ones to yet another school shooting. And my heart is with the families in Buffalo, New York who also lost their loved ones to a white supremacy-fueled mass shooting ten days prior. These absolutely horrific events happen WAY too often in the United States, and it is WELL PAST TIME for Congress to take meaningful action to prevent even more gun violence in this country.

Everytown

If you’re able, please donate to Everytown for Gun Safety. Even better, if you can donate by May 31, Mike Bloomberg (a founder of the organization) will triple match donations made through that date.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is another good organization to donate to. Also? You can set up Amazon Smile to make a small donation to Everytown or Brady when you shop via Amazon Smile. I’ve had mine set to donate to Brady for years now. You just have to remember to visit smile.amazon.com and shop from there.

We could take a page from other countries’ swift responses to their mass shootings. But no, the GOP for the most part won’t even engage in discussions about stricter gun legislation, instead offering the usual bullshit “Thoughts and Prayers,” which do Absolutely. Fucking. Nothing. If that statement offends you…well, I could not care less.

Let’s not forget that when there’s an issue that’s actually important to certain members of Congress, they manage to get things done real fucking fast (ahem, Amy Coney Barrett).

So we sit and mourn and hope it won’t happen again. But it will happen again. And again. And again. Maybe until folks in the GOP are personally affected by a mass shooting (which is not something I am hoping for)? Perhaps not even then, because that’s how monstrous they have shown themselves to be. And don’t even get me started on how the GOP wants to control the bodies of people with uteruses but are totally fine with 18-year-olds legally buying assault weapons that literally no average American citizen needs.

Yeah, I’m fucking pissed.

Meanwhile, as of the 144th day of 2022 (the day of the Uvalde shooting), there have been 212 mass shootings in the US. And in 2020, gun violence became the leading cause of death for young people.

All of this is fully unacceptable. So please, register to vote if you haven’t already, or check your voter registration status if you are a registered voter. 2022 is a midterm election year, which means that this November we’re voting for Senators, Representatives, governors, and more. Primary season is already in full swing. Vote in your state’s primary if it hasn’t already happened, and vote in the main midterm election on November 8. We the people have the power to vote out everyone in Congress who refuses to take action regarding gun violence (I know that won’t happen, but we can give it our best effort).

Protesting/marching, calling/texting Senators and Reps, signing petitions, donating money to gun safety orgs…all of these things are helpful. But at this point I believe the only thing that will lead to gun violence prevention is voting in people who actually want to do something about our country’s massive gun problem. The Second Amendment is a relic that’s inapplicable to America in 2022.

Thank you for reading my angry rant. Please stay safe out there on this Memorial Day weekend, and give your loved ones an extra hug (virtually, if necessary).