“If not you, who? If not now, when?”
Determination. A call to action. It’s on each one of us individually and on us collectively. It is about caring enough for our children and their future to stand up and not give up. That pretty much sums up last evening’s vigil to end gun violence in Cedar Rapids.
1) Reject the narrative that nothing can be done.
2) Register and vote – vote out of office those who accept obscene amounts of money from the NRA and have done nothing more than offer vacuous “thoughts and prayers” after each gunman strikes. The grown ups are supposed to be there to make things better for our children, and not just (as too many teachers have been) as human shields.
3) Absolutely, improve mental health services, with an emphasis on services in our public schools.
4) Call your elected officials in Des Moines; oppose HJR 2009 that, if enacted, would make it nearly impossible to pass any gun safety regulations.
5) Demand that research into gun violence as a public health issue be funded.
6) Join and advocate – be it the Giffords Law Center; Moms Demand Action; Iowans for Gun Safety; Everytown for Gun Safety – they all have action lists.
7) Don’t give up.
This is not about taking away hunting, recreational and self defense weapons. The vast majority of Americans believe in common sense gun safety regulations – registration, training, keeping our kids safe (including preventing access to weapons for use in domestic violence and suicide, both epidemic).
Here is the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America pledge: “I pledge to support local, state, and federal candidates who will fight for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence.”
if not ME, who? If not NOW, when? #RadicalEmpathy