Five years ago today, 20 first graders and six teachers were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
So, what’s happened since Newtown? We’ve seen mass shootings in churches, movie theaters, an outdoor concert, a nightclub, a county social service office.* We’ve had a lot of moments of silence.
We don’t silence. We need change.
Tonight, I’ll go to a Protect MN workshop, No More Moments of Silence, to learn about ways people can work to prevent gun violence. The only way we can prevent gun violence is if more people demand change. So I will keep showing up at the State Legislature, keep calling and writing elected officials, keep protesting and donating.
We can’t keep ignoring gun violence, hoping it will go away, hoping our families will never be touched by gun violence.
Today, five years after Sandy Hook, we need to do something to stop gun violence. Please, please, do something. Donate. Get involved. Don’t be silent.
If we stay silent, get ready for Tomorrow’s News, the next shooting,
*Las Vegas, 58 dead, 546 wounded at an outdoor music festival, what’s now the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, 2017
Sutherland Springs, TX, 25 dead, 20 wounded in a church shooting, 2017
Orlando, 49 dead, 58 wounded in a nightclub shooting, 2016
San Bernardino, 14 killed, 22 wounded in a county office, 2015
Charleston, SC, 9 killed in a church shooting, 2015