As thousands across the nation prepare to take to the streets on March 24, 2018, for The March for Our Lives, we're taking a look at some of the root causes, long-lasting effects, and approaches to solving the gun violence epidemic in America. This is our last installment.

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We can all pretty much agree that gun violence in the U.S. is a problem that needs to be addressed, right? It's just that we disagree about how to address it.

In the wake of a large-scale tragedy like the Las Vegas massacre or the Parkland shooting, emotions have a tendency to run a bit hot. A quick glance at the comments on any of our past posts about gun violence shows that our audience is exactly who we thought they were: an engaged, passionate group of individuals who want to help make the world a better place.

Yet we often see these conversations veer off-topic, turning to divisive, partisan arguments. (Perhaps you can relate?)

That's why we put together a quick resource for people who want to enact real-world change.

With the help of the "Discover Your Action Plan To Help Reduce Gun Violence" quiz below, we'll match you with an action item that matches your views.

It should only take a minute or two to complete, and we hope you find it helpful.

For more of our look at America's gun violence epidemic, check out other stories in this series:

And see our coverage of to-the-heart speeches and outstanding protest signs from the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018.

I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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