I want to be really clear: I'm not anti-gun. I grew up around guns and I'm still very comfortable handling them. I know many people feel differently, and that's OK. But I hope we can all agree that something has to change. 35,000 people should not die from gun violence every year. Parents shouldn't ever have to worry that their kids might be shot at school.
We should absolutely observe a moment of silence for terrible tragedies, but we need to remember as part of the bigger picture that silence won't result in change.
Did you know that guns are sold in all kinds of places — even on Instagram? A majority of Americans, including NRA members, agree that background checks are important. So let's start with universal background checks for private gun sales. And if you want, you can sign a petition asking Congress to require background checks on all gun sales.