It’s May 2022, and the United States has already seen 27 school shootings this year. Most recently, 19 children and two teachers were killed in a May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and 17 others were injured, per NPR. According to the Associated Press, 169 people have been killed in mass school shootings since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. For decades, activists across the country have been demanding tangible change to end gun violence, and with more youth activists, their families, and other allies joining the fray, this fight has quickly grown into a mass movement.
The 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida galvanized a new generation to fight for gun control. Survivors of the shooting and their allies swiftly launched the March for our Lives movement, demanding “bold action to end the gun violence epidemic.” In March 2018, the first march took place in Washington, D.C., with hundreds of sister marches taking place in the U.S. and around the world. The former Parkland students have joined many other anti-gun violence organizations around the country, including Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Sandy Hook Promise, to educate Americans on gun violence and fight for gun control. With social media, they’ve managed to spread their research and advocacy much more widely.
Since the shooting in Uvalde, there’s been renewed demands for gun control, background checks, and other reforms. But in the wake of tragedy, it can be especially overwhelming to sift through all the news and content out there to figure out what you can actually do to make a difference. Below, you’ll find a list of advocates you can follow on social media who are sharing accurate, no-nonsense information about gun control and gun violence.