Like you (I presume), I feel sick. And sad. And helpless. And like I just want to find everyone affected by this attack and squeeze them, and let them cry and tell me all about what they’re going through.
But I’m not helpless, and neither are you. Here’s a list of things you can do today – right now.
1) Contact your representative and tell her/him what you want done. It’s fast and SO easy. Think about your stance on gun ownership (Should getting a gun be easier than getting a fishing license? Should it be easier to sell a gun than sell lemonade?), and make it heard.
2) Donate to an organization focused on safe gun ownership and gun control. Did you know donations to the NRA spike after mass shootings? Think about that.
3) Help the Orlando LGBTQ community process, grieve and recover by donating to one of their organizations.
*Update: The Pulse Tragedy Community Fund has been set up by The Center Orlando, expressly for victims and their families.*
4) Share what you know. What other actions can we take today? Please leave your ideas and resources in the comments.