Twitter Reactions To The Santa Fe High School Shooting That Are More Than Thoughts & Prayers

This morning suspected shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis shot up Santa Fe High School killing at least 10 people. This is the first major school shooting since the Parkland, Florida shooting.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization trying to end gun violence and enable gun safety, there have been 41 school or campus shootings this year alone. The Santa Fe shooting is the 41st school shooting in America in 2018.

The organization’s definition of a school shooting is “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.”

After incidents like this people take to Twitter to offer their thoughts and prayers to the victims and families affected. Now thoughts and prayers has been linked to people who have been complacent with gun laws.

But not everyone is tweeting their condolences. Many are taking to Twitter to demand gun control, tweeting out guides on how to cope with a shooting and just dragging people who are tweeting out their thoughts and prayers.

https://twitter.com/dabeard/status/997563345342431232

https://twitter.com/miel/status/997522908271423488

If you want to do more than give your thoughts and prayers you can reach out to your representatives about supporting gun reform. Contacting your rep may seem daunting, but the truth is they’re in office to represent YOU so your political voice and opinion do matter to them.

Everytown can help you figure out who your state reps are. You just have to fill out a form with your information. It will then show you who your reps are and you can click the boxes of who you want to contact. After clicking “Connect me” it will direct you to a dialogue so you know exactly what to say.

If calling isn’t your style you can text your reps to let them know where you stand on gun control. Text ACT to 644-33 to reach out to your state reps. Texting rates may apply so just be careful if you don’t have an unlimited plan.

Or you can call Congress directly, (202)-224-3121 is the number for the Congress switchboard. From there you can ask to speak to your state representative. Reps only consider their own constituents concerns so please only contact your state reps and not another state’s.

Vox has compiled some statistics about gun violence in America. These stats are a great jumping off point when talking to your reps. Just remember that you’ll most likely be talking to an aide, so be polite, factual and clear.

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