Politics, The World

This is how to get our politicians to do so much more than pray

“We know we can’t stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world, but maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence." (Barack Obama)

Because the President of United States failed to comment accurately on it, I’ll have to do it myself:

On October 1st, 2017, a domestic terrorist opened fire on the Las Vegas Strip and murdered approximately 58 people while injuring 515 more. This is now considered one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, not even a full 16 months after the last domestic tragedy.

The United States suffers from a disease known as unchecked gun violence, a plague that’s amassed more deaths than the lives lost in all previous American warfare (dating back to the Revolution) combined. Gun-related death in this country is directly correlated to the failure of our legislation to enact policies that would help mitigate some of this senseless but preventable violence.

But then where is this much-needed policy change?

You see instead of following Australia’s example, who after a mass shooting in 1996 passed legislation that restricted gun control and consequently halved gun violence in the country in the following years, US legislators hide behind a number of excuses that have halted progress on this issue and cost the lives of countless citizens at home. Right-wing lobbyists and constituents rally against any legislation that may infringe upon or take away their “right to bear arms,” but which no gun-regulation policy has actually claimed to do.

The NRA holds a vicelike grip over the heads of many a representative with generous funding for political candidates and their campaigns (not excluding that of our current commander-in-chief). This is not of course excluding the almost counterintuitive belief that many firearms possessing citizens turn to whenever mass shootings like this occur, which is to purchase even more weaponry either for self-defense or in fear that gun regulation may finally pass in Congress (similarly why gun stocks spiked upward when former President Obama outlined his plan for regulated background checks).

Nevertheless, we as the American people have a civic duty to contact our representatives about issues like this and to push ardently for some kind of progressive change, no matter how bleak those chances for change may be.

Here are a few ways how:

  • Find out what your representatives voted on in regards to gun control/policy here.
  • Reach out to the Senate, House of Representatives, and your state Governor. Email or call them using a form like those found here or by creating something more personal. Do not hesitate to contact them relentlessly, this is, after all, a matter of life and death.
  • Fill out a form that will link you directly to your representatives and also convey your stance on this pro-gun reform site
  • Twitter has proven to be a powerful force for change so reach out Congressman to urge them to fight for reform
  • Even texting ACT to the number 64433 will help get your stance to those who hold the legislative power to make positive change
  • And if you really want to try and see if these people may possibly possess some sort of conscious or semblance of morality, you can reach out to the NRA here and here. Get them to understand that gun reform and infringement upon second amendment rights are not one and the same, and who knows? Maybe they’ll listen.

Gun reform won’t magically cure the United States of its illness. There will always be violence and evil, and we won’t be able to stop all of it.

But legislative action can and will save lives.

And it’ll do a hell of a lot more than just praying.