On Saturday, August 3rd, 22 people were killed and 24 others were injured in El Paso, Texas when a lone shooter open fired in a Walmart. 13 hours later on August 4th, 10 people were killed, including the perpetrator, and 27 others were injured in Dayton, Ohio. These events, being considered violent attacks of domestic terrorism, swept the nation and the world into a state of shock. The two coming in such a short time may be the thing to push Congress towards stronger action and to finally face the nation’s issue with guns.
In retaliation to these events two people in widely different field spoke up on the large scale, echoing the tweets and posts that have called for change. At a pro soccer game in Washington, after the Philadelphia Union's Alejandro Bedoya scored a goal, he grabbed an on field mic, and shouted, “Hey Congress, do something. End gun violence now!".
On Sunday evening at her Lollapalloza performance, singer Kacey Musgraves followed this. She yelled to a crowd of thousands, “Somebody f***ing do something! I don't know what the answer is, but obviously something has to be f***ing done,".
These are just two of the millions of people who have called for change. The conversation needs to continue even when there aren’t horrific attacks taking place in order for something to happen. Continue talking, tweeting and posting, and more importantly writing to your representatives. Change, Anger, and Hope should be the fuel to the fire.