Putting an End to Violence in the U.S.: Ways to Make Your Voice Be Heard

It is only natural that there has been a lot of noise in the wake of the deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.  After witnessing such a horrific tragedy - even from afar - it can be difficult to find words that adequately express our every thought: our profound sadness, outrage, confusion, fear. Those of us who regularly use the written word for self-expression have found ourselves turning to our trusted resource and have contributed many thoughts about an event that is, quite frankly, beyond our comprehension.

 I have given considerable thought to how I can best contribute to a conversation that is growing increasingly loud and have decided that the best way to add anything useful is to lead other like-minded readers to those sites I have found that are endeavoring to produce one collective voice to our country’s leaders in the hopes that they will be more willing to open a conversation regarding some sort of reform on our current gun laws.

I know it’s not much, but it is the best way I can think of to help ensure those who lost their lives yesterday (and so many before them) did not do so in vain.

Below you will find a list of sites where you can add your name to a growing list of people wanting to do their part in helping eliminate violence in our country.  The list will encompass many things, not just gun reform, and will be ever-evolving as I seek out more sites to share with you.  Please join me in doing what we can to make our voices be heard.

http://action.momsrising.org/letter/newton_shooting1/

 http://www.bradycampaign.org/action/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-belkin/newtown-gun-control-parenting-issue_b_2302526.html (Author's note: this blog simply discusses the importance of parents' rising together in an effort to affect change.)

http://www.csgv.org/index.php

http://www.change.org/petitions/meaningful-action-gun-control-sign-the-petition-and-say-enough-is-enough-gun-control-now

 Advocacy for better services for those suffering from mental illnesses: http://www.nami.org/

http://tonjasmusings.blogspot.com/2012/12/time-for-congress-to-get-to-work.html?showComment=1355779756164#c8433692503383705426

 http://www.change.org/petitions/the-government-reenact-the-federal-assault-weapons-ban-and-make-it-law?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15612&alert_id=XginrJikdK_GwMgPJXddB

http://www.change.org/petitions/us-federal-government-increase-the-availability-of-mental-health-services-now?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15612&alert_id=XginrJikdK_GwMgPJXddB

http://www.change.org/petitions/walmart-stop-selling-and-advertising-assault-weapons-in-your-stores?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15612&alert_id=XginrJikdK_GwMgPJXddB

 

 

I will continue to research and add more links as they become known - please feel free to add any you find in the comments section below and I will endeavor to provide the links in the post itself.


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