An Important PSA:
We Have To Do More Than Pray

pray-for-orlandoThe heartbreaking mass shooting that occurred this past weekend at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub has left the world reeling over a hate crime that took the lives of 50 young people.

Many celebrities and public figures took to their social platforms to convey their shock and send messages of peace and love. Everyone from Beyonce and John Legend, to Reese Witherspoon, Madonna and Hillary Clinton offered their condolences and prayers.

But the truth is, no amount of celebrity condolences or Martin Luther King Jr. quotes about making a difference or Rumi quotes about love posted on Instagram or Twitter will change the fact that another 50 people have been slaughtered at the hands of gun violence.

No matter your race, religion or sexual preference, 50 of your fellow HUMAN BEINGS were murdered in cold blood. Every day in America, 91 people are killed by gun violence (that’s more than 33,000 people a year.) Our country has the highest rate of gun murders in the world – and growing every day. We must enact gun reform and hold our politicians accountable.

Now is not the time to hide in the shadows or turn a blind eye. It’s not the time for complacency or the same old rhetoric. And it’s certainly not the time to post your condolences on social media and then go back to the status quo. Doing nothing about gun control is a choice we can no longer afford to make.

It’s time to take ACTION.

Here are three things you can do immediately:

1. Get involved with and donate to one or more of the following organizations:
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:
Everytown for Gun Safety:
The Brady Campaign:
Violence Policy Center:
Americans for Responsible Solutions:

2. Call and write your congress members and let them know that they WILL NOT have your money or your vote unless they support a bill to pass common sense gun laws. You can find an entire list of Senators, how they voted in December 2015 and a number to reach them at: You can also call the Capitol Hill switchboard directly at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your Senator.

3. The reality is that the action needs to happen at the state, municipal and community levels. Until the makeup of Congress is altered, the only way that we are going to achieve real gun reform is state by state. Support organizations at your community level that are working to pass gun reform legislation. Sign petitions, volunteer and donate generously whenever you can.

And one more thing: you can support the victims and their families of yesterday’s tragic shooting here:

PLEASE use these resources to light a fire, initiate change, help others and hold people accountable.

Use your voice, use your wallet, but most importantly, lead with your heart.



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