4 Steps to Take to Support the Fight Against Gun Violence

On Monday this week, a gunman shot and killed 10 people at a grocery story in Boulder, Colorado. Last week, a gunman targeted Asian women in a deadly shooting spree across metro Atlanta.

In the aftermath, some are asking cynically if a return to normal life after the pandemic will mean a return to regular mass shootings in the United States. What a sad statement this is about our nation’s dire gun violence problem.

If you want to help to combat this problem and join in the fight to stop mass shootings, here are a few ways you can make a difference:

Lobby your legislators to support sensible gun reform

Urge legislators to fight for universal background checks, for national red-flag laws and to pass a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines:

  • Here’s all you need to know about the best ways to tell Congress gun laws need to change.
  • The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence suggests contacting Senator Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader and demand that he brings Congress back from summer recess to act. Text “EMERGENCY” to 877-877 to be connected to his office.
  • Giffords will patch you through to your senators directly and you can use their calling script to make your voice heard.
  • Look for your senator’s contact information here and your representative’s information here, and write to them.
  • And, if you live in Illinois, here’s an easy way to reach your officials using a simple online form.

Help make our public spaces safer by joining the fight alongside one of these groups

Improve our mental health public safety net by supporting these organizations and initiatives

  • NoStigmas: This is a global peer-to-peer support network committed to eliminating the stigma that surrounds mental illness and creating more sources of mental health support.
  • The Rush Hospital West Side Total Health Collaborative: Rush and other medical institutions put mental health professionals in schools on Chicago’s underserved West Side.
  • Text-A-Tip Hotline: Mental health professionals respond to anonymously sent tips within minutes of receipt to help anyone suffering with mental illness. Started in collaboration with schools, clergy, public safety officials, and parents in Lake Forest, this program has spread across the Chicago region and the country.
  • San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds: The SFMHEF provides services throughout San Francisco to help people suffering from mental illness.
  • Mental Health Association of San Francisco: The MHASF is a nonprofit that provides mental health education, advocacy, research and services for people in San Francisco.

Foster more opportunity for your city’s youth. Support or volunteer with one of the following organizations:

If you or someone you know is struggling, help them find support:

  • NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the U.S.’s largest grassroots mental health organization and provides many services, including a helpline and educational programs, to help people struggling with mental health in our nation.
  • Know how to talk to kids about mass shootings.

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