I’m deeply sorry to see that there’s been another mass shooting: this time in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a rural town with a population of 1000. Upwards of twenty people are dead and 30 wounded. Our hearts go out to the people of Sutherland Springs.
It is not politicizing the tragedy to say that these events do not need to happen. No other country has mass shootings on the scale, and with the frequency, of the United Sates. We know how to prevent them. We summarized the evidence on public safety measure to prevent mass shootings in our position paper. What it take is the will to act.
Your voice matters. There are many groups active locally and nationally on gun violence prevention. Consider joining or supporting one. There are also several good bills to prevent gun violence pending in the Ohio legislature. Your representatives need to hear from you that this matters. You can also call your federal elected officials to support Chris Murphy’s bill to expand background checks for gun purchases – a measure supported even by most gun owners.
Please speak out and support rational, feasible measures against gun violence. We can’t bring back the people shot in Sutherland Springs; but we can stop future massacres.