On a day typically reserved to celebrate love, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkman, Florida suffered the opposite. A 19-year-old gunman entered the school with a loaded AR-15 rifle, pulled the fire alarm, and began shooting into five classrooms. The tragedy resulted in the death of 17 students and adults.
After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings. Many are asking what we can do to enact stricter gun control or preventative measures.
Here are a few actions that can be taken:
Everytown is an organization with more than 4 million members focused on ending gun violence with action. The website offers information about the movement, details on events in various communities, and helpful guides.
The Brady Campaign is one of the oldest organizations focused on gun control. Created in 1974 and renamed in 2001, their mission is to cut down gun deaths in half.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was founded in 2012 following the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. Ran and monitored by a handful of mothers, it has quickly become one of the organizations on the forefront of gun violence prevention.
Donating to the victims is now more accessible than ever with companies like GoFundMe and groups like the Broward Education Foundation who have created an account designated to helping out the victims and their families.
Reach out to your elected officials by using the tool on USA.gov’s website. Information for all senators, representatives, and local officials can be found through this site. Contact them by either writing or directly calling the line for your desired member.