All I could think about today when I sat down to write was NOT AGAIN! Not another mass shooting. I felt compelled to write about the Orlando mass shooting, but I wondered would it help? Does it matter? My answer came to me just as it did last fall with the Umpqua College shootings. It can’t hurt.

Last fall I wrote about the Umpqua College shootings in my blog, Guns – Know More. No More! – Be Heard. I wrote about needing to make changes to control guns and help reduce gun violence. In 1996, 35 people were killed and 23 wounded during one of the worlds deadliest massacres in Port Arthor, Australia and they introduced strict gun control laws and formulated the National Firearms Programme Implementation Act 1996, restricting the private ownership of semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing. And things changed for that country. Homicides and suicides have been drastically reduced. Let’s follow suit.

Author Lodro Rinzler wrote about taking action in Meditation Isn’t Enough: A Call To Take Action Against Gun Violence which includes a link to organizations that you can reach out to and get involved with to help make a change. The organization Mom’s Demand Action is another great source of information. Let’s take action and stop gun violence!


WRITING PROMPT: Write about taking action.

WRITING PROMPT: Write about how you have been affected by gun violence.