Action Agenda 2019-2020 Planning Meeting
September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
It was a terrible, awful, horrible weekend. After two mass shootings within 24 hours, we are all reeling. It is so much easier to turn off the news than it is to rise up and do something about gun violence and white supremacy. But it is so critically important that we not become immune to these tragedies. It is so important that we continue to make our voices heard!
Thurston Gun Sense formed in response to a mass shooting in 2015. That shooting was at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, where 9 people were killed while worshipping. Like the shooting in El Paso, it was a racially-biased shooting.
Each time there is a tragedy like this, there is renewed energy for working on gun violence prevention. We rise up enraged, but sustaining this movement takes ongoing, hard work. And we need your help.
Please join us at our next meeting on Monday, Sept. 23. This movement is for the long haul and we need to stay engaged if we truly want to affect change.
Statistically, mass shootings are extremely rare, but the randomness and surprise are devastating and headline-gathering. A mass shooting is defined as an event when four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter. There have been more mass shootings in 2019 in the United States than days of the year. Gun violence is a public health crisis in this country.
This is a human-made problem. Working on gun violence prevention will reduce suicides, urban violence and accidents. Limiting accessibility to weapons and tightening gun ownership laws will truly make a difference. This is not a crisis that will work itself out if we look the other way. Please join us. Give us some of your time, energy and ideas.
What do you want to do to prevent gun violence? Where do you want to put your energy? Is it working on stronger gun legislation in the state or nationwide? Is it combatting racial bias as it relates to gun violence? Is it working on safe storage for all gun owners? Is it some other aspect of gun violence prevention?
On September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Churches of Olympia we will have a general membership meeting to chart out plans for the coming year of activism. Please join us and join this conversation. Inaction is complicity. Enough is enough.