To end gun violence, support gun control in Austin

Image #: 20497701 Connecticut State Police evacuate children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012, following a school shooting. Multiple deaths were reported in the school shooting in Newtown. News reports indicate 27 dead, including 14 children. The person believed to be the shooter was reportedly among the dead. Also killed were the school principal and school psychiatrist. Newtown Bee/Shannon Hicks /LANDOV

If you want to increase gun violence in America, support the National Rifle Association. Thanks for stopping by.

But…

If it boggles your mind that in the first weekend of August 2019, there were two hideous mass shootings, at lease one fueled by racism and hate…. (scroll down to see how to help El Paso)

If you are frustrated by the fact that there have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days of the year.

If you are angry that our elected officials lack the courage to take action against gun violence….

If you yourself do not want to be shot and do not want anyone you know to be shot by an “active shooter” in a mass shooting ….

Then you must support anti-gun violence and gun control nonprofits (and political candidates).

In Texas, siding with organizations that are working toward a reduction in gun violence can feel like an uphill battle. In fact, two new (pro-)gun laws go into effect in 2016: The Texas Open Carry law goes into effect on January 1, 2016. (Check out these FAQs. You wouldn’t believe….) And the Texas Campus Carry law, which goes into effect on August 1 (the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower sniper shooting, I shit you not).

These laws passed because the people who wanted them to pass gave money, expressed their wishes to political leaders and advocated for these laws. It’s really not complicated.

So if you want to do something to help end gun violence, the first thing you should consider is making a donation to an anti-gun violence organization. While this October 2015 New Yorker article contends that money isn’t the biggest weapon in the NRA’s arsenal, it certainly is a factor. So arming anti-gun violence organizations with funding is important.

But the article states that “The N.R.A.’s biggest asset isn’t cash but the devotion of its members.” That means you must exhibit the same devotion and activism to gun control as the other side.

The New Yorker article goes further:

Adam Winkler, a law professor at U.C.L.A. and the author of the 2011 book “Gunfight,” told me,“N.R.A. members are politically engaged and politically active. They call and write elected officials, they show up to vote, and they vote based on the gun issue.” In one revealing study, people who were in favor of permits for gun owners described themselves as more invested in the issue than gun-rights supporters did. Yet people in the latter group were four times as likely to have donated money and written a politician about the issue.

Did you vote in the most recent election? Perhaps it takes a mass shooting a day to get you to become a gun control advocate. If you’re ready, here are some ideas for how to get involved:

2. Founded in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of 2012, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America believes there are common-sense solutions to keeping our children from being shot in school (ya think?) and anyone else from being shot, for that matter. It focuses on educating, motivating, and mobilizing moms and families to take action that will result in stronger laws and policies to save lives. Sign up for their newsletter to find out how to participate in their campaigns. And donate.

3.  With a slogan that says, “Take action, not sides”, Brady is the hub of a grassroots campaign with a plan to end gun violence in America. You can register to join the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – Central Texas chapterto help with campaigns that address gun sales, hold elected officials accountable, and educate the public about the risks of guns in the home. You can also donate.

Aside from signing up for take-action newsletters, these sites also offer a number of ways that you can prevent or avoid gun violence. Remember, gun violence starts at home.

HOW TO HELP EL PASO:

If you want to help those affected by the El Paso shooting of August 3, you can donate to a fund at the El Paso Community Foundation, which is waiving all fees to process and distribute the donations. To donate, click here

Also, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation has established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund to support the victims and families of the shooting. To donate, click here

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