When Kate Schatz, Jennye Garibaldi and I started Solidarity Sundays it was in response to the San Bernadino shootings in January 2016 and Obama had outlined in a speech how he wanted to make changes. But with a Republican congress and senate nothing was done.
Since then our groups have sent thousands of postcards and made calls demanding change. But still the mass shootings continue and our shame at having a government that cares more for the NRA than our children and loved ones grows.
What can we do? Here's a start.
1) Get on the phone and call your reps. Yes, we've done it before but do it again. WE WILL NOT BE SILENT. 5calls again nails it in the action today:
2) Find out whether or not any of your reps did receive money from the NRA and SHAME them. And share that info online and get more friends to do it. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/04/opinion/thoughts-prayers-nra-funding-senators.html
4) Get involved with 2018 elections to do everything possible to put more gun control reps in places of power. This is the root to everything. Know how your potential reps stand on gun control.
5) I hate to even write this but make sure you and your family know what to do if there is an active shooter. Please ask your children if they have been taught what to do if there is an active shooter. OK, I just started crying writing about it.
I wish I could offer you more. I wish I could end the NRA and all of its power. I wish we could trust our government to just make the right decisions on this. But we can't right now, so we must act.