House Democrats are taking a stand for gun control by taking a seat. Rep. John Yarmuth from Kentucky tweeted pictures of Democratic representatives staging a sit-in on the House floor, refusing to leave until a bill is passed to tighten gun control regulations. Among those current involved in the sit-in are Reps. John Lewis of Georgia, Katherine Clark from Massachusetts, and Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut.
The most important thing these brave congressional representatives need is your support and encouragement. Check out Rep. Yarmuth's photos to see if your representative is already involved in the sit-in, then shout them out on Twitter for their activism. If your Democratic representative isn't there, let them know they should be! And if you live in a Republican controlled district, tweet at your rep to let them know you want bipartisan gun control reform.
See if you can get your friends and family in on it too by sharing posts across your social media networks. Increasing the public pressure for change is one of the most powerful and most effective ways to make that change happen, and with social media at your fingertips, you can instantly increase that pressure. Use the hashtag #NoBillNoBreak to urge Congress to not let this opportunity for change escape the country yet again, and actively work to eliminate mass shootings in America.
Another important thing you can do to help, if you have the means, is donate to those representatives' reelection campaigns. When representatives don't have to work as hard to secure their reelection bids, they have more time to get things done in Congress, like stage sit-ins. These are the people who are making change happen within the government, and even if they don't represent your district, it's within your best interest to make sure that they stay in office.
This amazing and courageous action by the Democratic representatives is an encouraging sign that actual change on gun control is coming. These representatives are working hard to make sure that the U.S. is a safer country, and they deserve the support and praise worthy of their stand. Reach out to those representatives and let them know how much you appreciate what they do, because it's the best way to help them in this moment.