Odessa-Midland Shooting: What You Can Do
With the death toll up to 7, and 21 people injured, including a 17-month old child, yesterday’s mass shooting in Texas, once again reminds the nation of the deadly cost of inaction. The lack of consensus on how to adjust the country’s gun laws or equally as alarming, the passing of outright regressive measures that make it easier to obtain firearms and expand where they can be openly carried, is crippling America’s ability to get a handle on the crisis. Meanwhile, the body count continues to pile up.
Due to their frequency, these shootings continue to be part of our steady news diet, and so it’s important for the public to learn how they can get involved and spark change. We do not have to be relegated to the sidelines. Organizations like Every Town have evolved from grassroots movements into powerhouse voices designed to motivate people throughout the U.S. to heed their call to action.
Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.
But something is changing. Nearly 6 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives.Every Town
Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the wave of bad news or feel like gun lobbyists are too big to take on, but are wondering what you can do, there are many ways to get involved. Learning more about gun statistics throughout the U.S. plays a major key in understanding why gun legislation is so critical. There are also endless resources throughout the Every Town site, as well as useful tools to help you keep your representatives accountable, for example:
There is an entire online community of people who want to make a difference who are taking direct action. We also highly recommend visiting the Every Town “Act” page so you can see which way of getting involved is right for you.
Lives depend on it.