Over two dozen people were killed by a mass shooter on Sunday, after a person opened fire at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. As these types of events often do, it has renewed the gun control debate in the United States. But the truth is, conversation and donation-making can only do so much. Another way to get involved in the gun control debate after the Texas church shooting is to join nonprofits and advocacy groups that support gun control legislation and policy making.
The right to bear arms is protected by the Constitution, but meaningful legislation can protect that right while also putting barriers in place to make it more difficult for would-be mass shooters to get ahold of problematically high-powered weapons. Some key policy points to consider are closing the gun sale loophole which doesn't require unlicensed, private gun sellers to run background checks on customers, requiring firearms registries nationally, and regulating bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more similarly to fully automatic weapons.
No one organization can tackle everything, so consider which aspect of gun control compels you most. Smarter, more thoughtful gun control isn't going to happen overnight, but by working together, advocates can take steps to decrease the likelihood of deadly shootings, large-scale and small-scale, from happening so frequently.