Who Else Shall We Let Perish?

Who Else Shall We Let Perish?

Our minds are overwhelmed, our hearts are broken and our tears flow as we mourn the deaths of 19 precious children and 2 teachers as we ask who else shall we let perish? However our pain cannot compare to the sorrow and heartbreak of the families who lost loved ones in the Uvalde Elementary School shooting. 

Nor does it compare to the resurfaced trauma of the families and survivors of recent mass shootings like the racially motivated Tops supermarket shooting in Buffalo and the Asian church shooting in California all in the last 2 weeks.

Every day more than 110 Americans are killed with guns. The frequency of mass shootings, gun violence and the death toll in a nation not at war is mind boggling not just to Americans but to the world. Especially to countries where guns which are weapons of mass destruction are not glorified in their culture, seen as a coming of age trophy or made easily accessible without strict, thorough and effective, criminal and psychological background checks.

Countries like Australia, the UK, Norway, New Zealand and Canada who wisely and successfully adjusted their laws after experiencing a devastating mass shooting to ensure the safety of their citizens, both young and old. Schools, churches, supermarkets and train stations should not be war zones. Weapons created for war should not be in the hands of civilians in a land that is not at war because when there is no real enemy to fight against the only ones left to harm are each other. 

Unfortunately that is exactly what's been happening in America for decades and more lives will be senselessly destroyed if we do not implement meaningful and effective change. First with our mindset and then with our voices and actions. Read on to learn how you can help to end gun violence.

How You Can Help End Gun Violence

May the pain and heartbreak we currently feel not make us numb and turn into hopelessness. Instead may they become the driving force that catapults us into positive, change bringing and lasting action from our homes to our courtrooms and government buildings where laws are created and amended. 

In the days and months that follow may our love speak loud and our actions speak even louder to end this plague of gun violence in our land because silence, shifting the blame and inaction is equal to complicity and inhumanity.

Visit the non profit organization EveryTown.org  to learn how you can volunteer, take action from home, join efforts in your community, be informed about and support current petitions, court cases and legislation to implement common sense laws that can help reduce and end gun violence in the USA.

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