On Thursday, October 22, there was another mass shooting on a college campus, this time at Tennessee State University. Our hearts go out to the victims of this tragedy, their families, and the entire TSU and Nashville community as the toll of this violence begins to set in.
But we know that our sympathy is not enough. Now is the time to honor the victims by taking action to prevent something like this from happening again.
Thursday’s tragedy comes just after yet ANOTHER mass shooting near TSU last week, the horrific events at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, and a shooting outside the Sigma Chi fraternity house at East Tennessee State University last month. In fact, it was the 153rd school shooting since 20131 and the 306th mass shooting so far this year in America.2 88 people die from guns3 and 210 people are shot and injured every day in this country.4
Despite this staggering amount of violence, Congress has done nothing to pass a single sensible gun law since the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012. It’s time that we said enough is enough. Americans should be able to feel safe in their schools, churches, and everyday lives.
On October 8, a group of US Senators announced a Gun Violence Prevention Package that seeks to close background check loopholes, make background checks better, and shut down the pipeline of illegal guns.
You can bet Senators Alexander and Corker are hearing from progun activists about this legislation. Make sure they hear your voice too by signing the petition asking them to #actwithcourage to #stopgunviolence!