Sometimes it takes a tragedy to shake us out of complacency and our day-to-day acceptance of evil. Yes, I consider the private ownership of weapons that have one purpose only — the killing of as many people as possible in as little time as possible — to be evil.
What can we do as Unitarian Universalists seeking to heal our world?
Educate ourselves. In these times of misinformation, knowing the facts is more important than ever. Brush up on definitions and statistics so when you have a chance to influence others you have a firm grounding in the facts. The Gun Violence Archive (https://www.gunviolencearchive.org) is a great place to start.
Donate to movements dedicated to stopping gun violence. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will use your funds to pressure lawmakers, mobilize grassroots efforts, and amplify the voices of survivors.
Support young people taking action to prevent gun violence. Students at Stoneman Douglas are calling for a protest on March 24th in Washington D.C. and cities across the country for the “March For Our Lives” to demand legislation to stop gun violence. Another protest is being planned for the anniversary of the Columbine shooting on April 20th (#nationalschoolwalkout). There are Facebook pages and websites set up for both events.
Be in it for the long haul. Commit to registering students to vote who will be 18 by our next election cycle. Write and/or call your senators and representatives. Work to oust legislators who fail to act to safeguard everyone, but especially our children and youth.
We can make a difference, especially if we work together. Won’t you join us?