Waves of mass shootings in the last two months are part of a tsunami of gun violence. Since the pandemic, there has been no slowing of the deadly stream of gun killings. Instead, there is a raging torrent, with 2020 being the most lethal year in two decades.
We are horrified, as we have been many times since we founded Survivors Empowered, but we are facing up to the relentless tide with new allies, new actions and — dare we say it — new hope.
Part of our hope comes from knowing that most Americans are sick and tired of our nation’s singular problem with guns. We are heartened that this year, in state legislatures and on the national level, new laws are being drafted and proposed. In this issue, we shine a spotlight on one such effort in Massachusetts.
We are in Washington, D.C. this week. After more than a year in COVID isolation, we are thrilled to be meeting with policymakers and advocates who are pushing for change, now.
Since last month, when we told you about our alliance with Boulder therapists, that program has flourished. We give you a brief update, and a link for more information should you need this resource or want to pass it along.
We’re honored to have been interviewed several times in the last few months about crucial issues — such as what can stem the onslaught of gun violence, and what supports can help survivors. If you haven’t heard these broadcasts or seen the coverage, please take a look at recent links below.
We have had an ever-increasing number of contacts from people in the community. We are overwhelmed, in the most positive way. We appreciate each and every one of you as we walk together.
Yours in solidarity,
Sandy and Lonnie