THE ACTIVIST CARTEL
a written challenge to a duel
ACTION LETTER #17: July 12th, 2017
Dear Activist Cartel,
The Women's March is taking on the NRA this Friday, and I can understand why.
When I hear about another mass shooting, I have a habit of checking whether the shooter has a domestic violence record... which they so often do... consequently provoking me to shout, "How did they get a gun?!?!"... yet again.
GUNS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
A record of violence against women is one of the clearest indicators for future gun violence. However, guns so often stay in the hands of abusers.
According to an Everytown for Gun Safety 2009–2016 report, 54% of U.S. mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence, and even when there wasn't explicit violence, the shooter often showed warning signs such as misogynous comments in their online activity.
Recently stirred into action by yet another mass shooter with a history of violence against women, Rhode Island voted to require domestic abusers to surrender their guns for up to 6 years, setting a better example. We must treat domestic violence infinitely more seriously, considering an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every 1 minute in the U.S.. In future emails, I will address actions items to stop domestic violence, but here I ask you to examine how America has failed at keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. We must do better.
I'm not able to cover every facet of these issues, but we have to start somewhere!
1.) This Friday, July 14th: Participate in or Support the Women's March against the NRA.
--Marching 17 miles from the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia to the Department of Justice in Washington DC.
--RSVP and Get Info on how to support Here.
2.) Watch and Share these Videos: Each gives a clever, educational, and chilling perspective.
--Toddlers Kill: Last year toddlers shot and killed more Americans than terrorists.
--A Musket Mass Shooting: Guns have changed, shouldn't our gun laws?
--How is U.S. gun violence worse than other developed countries?: (Or why are American women 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than women in other developed countries?)
3.) Speak up: Many people are unaware of the flagrant connection between mass shooters and domestic violence. The next time you're around a conversation about mass shootings, bring it up! We need better understanding to create better solutions.
--You can reference all of these past examples of shooters with histories of violence against women:
2007 Virginia Tech, 2014 Isla Vista, 2015 Brooklyn, 2015 Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, 2016 Newton, 2016 Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, 2017 San Bernardino, and this most recent 2017 baseball game in Virginia to name a few...
4.) Support Everytown for Gun Safety:
--Buy gear like this Mini Pin Pack that says cool things like: "pro-woman, pro-gun safety"
5.) Support The Brady Campaign:
--Find a local Brady Campaign Chapter near you or start one yourself.
We must create conversations that challenge the status quo.
Stay strong and vocal!