Actions and Resources following the recent Gun Violence

Let me start by saying this post is not intended to push a political or moral stance, rather it is intended to provide information following recent heart breaking events in Texas. My only solace, personally, is that I hope these families are reunited in Heaven one day.


1. EDUCATION: EDUCATE YOURSELF ON YOUR STATE'S GUN LAWS


It is super easy to check your State's Gun Laws here:

giffords.org/lawcenter/gun-laws/browse-state-gun-laws/


No matter your political affiliation, or whether you're a gun owner, there are things we can all agree on. For example:


- People convicted of hate crimes, or on the Terrorist watchlist, should not have guns.

- All gun sales and transfers should be subject to background checks, no exceptions.

- Ban Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines for general citizens (there is no need for the average Joe to "just have" that caliber weapon)

- Waiting periods

- Lost and stolen guns should be reported.

- Guns should be stored safely.


You might be shocked to find your state does not support some of the common sense laws above. Most people assume these laws are in place because most people support them, when in fact they are NOT law.


2. ACTION: CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES


Express your anger and sadness to people in positions of political power.


You can visit www.commoncause.org to easily to find your representatives and their contact information.


If they are Republican - ask them to support the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. If they are Democrat, read what policies they do or do not support in terms of gun laws. (I am not saying all guns are bad, I am only pointing to the fact that some states do not require background checks and mental health is SO important when it comes to who can carry)


Contact your friends and families and encourage them to share this in formation and to vote in a way for positive reform. You can reach any member of congress at the number here 202-224-3121


3. USE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GOOD


Since you're on here already - take a moment to CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES via

social media. Share good (and reputable) resources with your friends.


*Credit original idea comes from @rachelzeilic on instagram*


Lastly, here is a link to some resources


Donations:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/25/help-uvalde-texas-shooting-victims/


Mental health and how to talk to children about the recent events:

https://www.texaschildrenshealthplan.org/for-members/helpful-links/school-shootings


Helping Youth after community trauma:

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/helping-youth-after-community-trauma-tips-educators


For Parents:

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/tips-parents-media-coverage-stabbing




This is not an easy topic and healing may feel impossible for some. If you or a loved one is struggling please do not hesitate to seek help. Mental health IS health.


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