November 7, 2017-
In the hours and days following October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas — the nation’s deadliest — my inbox filled up with messages from gun control advocacy groups I’d donated to in the past. Among the emails were messages from groups like MomsRising.org, Sandy Hook Promise, Everytown for Gun Safety, Avazz, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, as well as dispatches from politicians like Kirsten Gillibrand, Chris Murphy and my own congressman, Seth Moulton. Sound familiar?
These same organizations, and others, like the Brady Campaign, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Americans for Responsible Solutions, reached out via email, Twitter and Facebook after last year’s Orlando nightclub shooting, and after the 2015 church massacre in Charleston, asking me to call my congressional reps, sign petitions, donate, start local grassroots groups, support this or that bill in Congress — essentially to do something, anything. Painfully, all this energy, outrage and anguish isn’t getting us anywhere.