Many Americans feel sad and defeated in the wake of our country's most deadly mass shooting in modern history on Sunday in Las Vegas. History such as our founding fathers reminds us of a better time. David Brooks wrote this week in anticipation of "somebody who has the guts to say no to tribe, yes to universal nation, no to fences, yes to the frontier, no to closed, and yes to the open future, no to the fear-driven homogeneity of the old continent and yes to the diverse hopefulness of the new one."
Donate. You may consider giving blood, time or money to help. Everytown for Gun Safety demands action to make our communities safe. Their website notes, "More than 3 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, 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."
Be informed. Read this Chicago Tribune article, "The truth -- and lies -- about Chicago's gun laws." Attend community events with speakers who share their story. My work organization hosted a panel about gun violence that shared the facts.
Write your legislators. I wrote ours this morning. We must not resign ourselves to the headlines.
The philosopher Socrates mused, "The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Together, we can inspire change to help make our communities safer. XO
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