Why Do We Stand for This Carnage?

19 children and 2 adults were shot dead yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The children were second, third, and fourth-graders. Both adults were teachers at the school.

In the nine and a half years since 20 first-graders and 6 teachers were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been 900 incidents of gunfire on school grounds and nearly 3,500 mass shootings.

A week and a half ago, a white supremacist opened fire at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., killing 10 people who were grocery shopping on a Saturday afternoon.

The United States is the only country on earth with frequent mass shootings. The only one.

Why do we stand for this carnage?

After mass shootings in other countries, elected leaders put an end to them by passing common sense laws.

Here, despite overwhelming public support for common sense gun safety laws, lawmakers are unwilling to stand up to the gun lobby.

Will this time be different? Or will Republican members of Congress once again block broadly popular legislation that would prevent mass shootings?

It depends on whether we — the overwhelming majority of Americans who support universal background checks and oppose the sale of weapons of war — insist this time be different.

It’s that simple.

Please sign up with Everytown for Gun Safety today and keep using your voice and your vote until politicians prioritize lives over the gun lobby.