Monday, 19 innocent children and two brave teachers were shot dead at their school in Uvalde, Texas.
I feel grief and outrage just writing that.
But grief, and outrage – these aren’t new feelings. I felt the same grief and outrage last week, when 13 innocent moms and dads, brothers and sisters, students and workers, were shot, 10 fatally, just picking up groceries at their neighborhood store in Buffalo.
And again, grief and outrage the following day, when five people were shot and one killed, at their sacred place of worship in Laguna Woods. There have been nearly 30 school shootings in 2022. They are so common that they don’t even make the news.
I have felt grief and outrage at this endless stream of senseless gun violence for too many years – long before today.
Schools. Synagogues. Churches. Movie theaters. Grocery stores. Where does it end? Did you know that death by firearm is the leading cause of death of American children? Guns have surpassed car accidents, as reported in this NPR story.
This statistic is unique to the United States. Other countries also have residents with mental illness, depression, domestic violence, etc., but they have common sense gun laws that govern the use and ownership of guns.
When our grief ebbs, there must be solutions. When our anger diminishes, there must be action. I have done my level best to mold my grief and outrage into building a better, safer community for all of us, starting with a ban on ghost guns, and passing safe gun storage ordinances.
You have my word that I will continue to fight to keep our schools, our streets, and our community safe from the scourge and heartbreak of gun violence.
But we must do more.
Here’s how you can help:
- Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – they will send you action alerts and direct you to groups in your neighborhood that are working to put an end to gun violence.
- Call your Congressperson and Senators, and demand they take federal action to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. The U.S. Senate has repeatedly blocked laws that do the bare minimum, background checks, against the overwhelming will of the people who support them.
- Support candidates up and down the ballot who will stand up to the gun lobby to keep us safe. There are several important gun violence prevention bills that our California Governor and legislature are trying to pass. Make your support known.
- On June 11, there will be a March for Our Lives rally in San Diego County on the same day one is planned in Washington D.C. Look out for details!
With hope for our future,