Action is overdue– the Colorado Children’s Campaign calls for immediate action on gun violence
We are here again, and we are heartbroken. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families that have lost their lives to another senseless act of gun violence in Boulder this week. While the Boulder tragedy hits close to home, it is also not the only tragedy we have experienced as a community in the past few weeks — we are still trying to make sense of the violence that took place in Atlanta. Our hearts are with the AAPI community, the Atlanta victims, and their families. Anti-Asian hate is rooted in white supremacy that harms everyone; and we must ensure both public and private spaces are safe for all of us, not just some of us.
While mass shootings are statistically rare, they don’t feel rare, and data show that Colorado experiences these events more than other states.
And when these events happen, they devastate communities. Further, gun death in Colorado is not rare. Between 2013 and 2017, 254 Colorado kids and teens died due to firearm injuries, more than half of which were suicides. Neither our children nor we can live fully realized lives without feeling safe in our communities and knowing that we will return home safely from school or the grocery store. Our collective well-being depends on the well-being of each of us. This is not normal. This is not acceptable. We must all demand more from our law makers.
Silence is not an option. We urge law makers to be as brave as we ask our first responders, our communities of color, and our children to be as they go about their daily lives. We ask law makers to take action to protect all Coloradans by increasing access to mental health services, reducing the killing capacity of firearms in our state, supporting common sense background checks, and establishing safe storage polices.
Change is always harder than the status quo. Lasting change is only possible when we organize and mobilize around the core value of equity, which is centered in our humanity. The Colorado Children’s Campaign is calling on state and federal law makers to prioritize the safety of our community and take action to end gun violence.
What can you do?
- Contact your state legislator and tell them that you support policies to keep Coloradans safe from firearms.
- The Salvation Army has announced it will be on site at Boulder’s Family Assistance Center to provide meals to first responders and families of the survivors of the shooting. You can donate to The Salvation Army here.
- Colorado Healing Fund is collecting funds specifically for the victims of the shooting and their families. You can submit a donation here.