I try not to pay attention to all of the news report because they are so horrific, so painful. But more, because I feel so helpless. I post and re-post things on Facebook admonishing our government for not doing more and the NRA for their unapologetic lack of humanity, but that isn’t going to solve the problem. It won’t even persuade anyone to change their stance on guns.
So we simply slump our shoulders and accept that we are powerless, right? We have to stop doing that. I don’t know where the quote came from but the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
School shooting are not going to change until we start doing something different.
What we need to do as individuals:
- Contact your representatives in government and demand that they do something about the proliferation of guns in our country https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.
- Start educating yourself on candidate’s views on gun violence. Don’t just take what they say as truth, research them. Find out who they accept campaign money from; https://www.fec.gov/. Demand that your representative do something about corporate money in politics.
- Also, find out how incumbent candidates have voted on issues that you are concerned about; https://www.headcount.org/issues-and-candidates/
- Participate in a campaign or run for office yourself; https://www.emilyslist.org/
I think many of us have become complacent thinking that politics is something that other people take care. Well, other people have been taking care of it all right and look where it’s gotten us. We must do more than posting our outrage onto Facebook, I must do more than posting my outrage onto Facebook.
To help with that paralyzing feeling of helplessness, here’s a link listing a few things that you and I can do to help the latest victims of a school shooting, but we must not stop there. It will not change until WE change it.