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North Carolinians Against Gun Violence: Three things you can do in response to Orlando

In response to this weekend’s horror in Orlando, the good people at North Carolinians Against Gun Violence have distributed a brief memo that spells out three things you can do in response:

“Communities across the country are reeling from the shootings that claimed 50 lives in Orlando early yesterday morning. A gunman with an AR-15 assault rifle opened fire inside a packed night club, killing 50 people and wounding more than 50 others.

In the wake of such extreme violence, it’s easy to feel powerless. But as we grieve together, there are critical things we can do to both help the survivors, and take steps towards a future in which this kind of atrocity is less likely to happen.

Here are three things you can do right away:

1) Call your representative to ask him/her to co-sponsor H.R.4269, a bill that would ban semiautomatic assault weapons. Find out who represents you here. Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your representative. Let him/her know that assault-style rifles have been used in seven of the eight high profile mass shootings since July of last year and you expect Congress to take action to protect the American public.  Let us know what response you get from your legislator – ncgv@ncgv.org.

2) Give blood. The Red Cross is holding blood drives in most major cities and towns. Visit their website to find a blood drive near you and schedule a donation appointment.

3) Participate in the Stand Up Sabbath.  If you are a person of faith, please consider engaging your congregation in remembering all victims that have been lost or injured to gun violence this weekend. The NC Council of Churches website has a sample bulletin insert and other resources.

Click here to read NCGV’s statement on the shootings.

Sources:

“Orlando Shooting: What We Know and Don’t Know”, The New York Times, June 12, 2016.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/13/us/orlando-shooting-what-we-know-and-dont-know.html?_r=0

“As Orlando mourns families await word on victims”, Orlando Sentinel, June 12, 2016.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/os-orlando-shooting-pulse-nightclub-20160612-story.html

“The gun used in the Orlando shooting is becoming mass shooters’ weapon of choice”, The Washington Post, June 12, 2016.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/12/the-gun-used-in-the-orlando-shooting-is-becoming-mass-shooters-weapon-of-choice/”

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