A Note From Our Founders
Plus, a few resources we've found helpful, including tips for talking to kids about gun violence.
At Primary, we believe every kid shines. But in order for them to shine, they must be safe.
To date, there have been more mass shootings in the U.S. than days so far in 2022. In the last two weeks, 10 people, almost all of them Black, were killed at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY, followed two days later by a fatal shooting at a Taiwanese church in Southern California. Tuesday’s act of terror at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where at least 19 children and two teachers were killed, marked the 212th mass shooting this year — and the 27th to take place at a school. We’re grieving for the many, many people whose lives have been cut short by gun violence. And we’re outraged knowing that these deaths could have been prevented.
So, while we’re holding space to feel these emotions, we’re also channeling them into action — starting with a $25,000 donation to Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement working to pass laws and public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. They have chapters in every state, and you can find more information about how to get involved here, or join us in donating.
Additionally, if you’re looking for actionable things to do and are curious about where to start, here are a few resources that we’ve found helpful.
- Picture books to help with conversations about gun violence, shared via LiberatED’s comprehensive bundle of resources, available here.
- Activities from Sesame Street, including printables, videos, and more, which you can filter by age, time, and type.
- Age-based tips for talking to kids about school shootings, via Common Sense Media.
- Crisis Text Line and Samhsa, two mental health services for folks to contact if they’re experiencing emotional distress in light of traumatic news.
- How to contact your representatives:
- Find your senator’s contact information here. Press them to pass HR8, legislation that would tighten background checks on gun sales, and HR1446, a bill that would prevent licensed gun sales from going through before a required background check is completed. Here are some tips for calling from ACT, as well as a sample script from @emilyinyourphone:
As always, we'll continue to share any other resources we find helpful here.
Galyn & Christina