Each Sunday, I like to post a few articles I read during the week that I think my readers will also find interesting. But last night, after reading about the El Paso shooting, I threw out my draft in order to focus on resources on gun violence prevention. The only article I left in place was the final one about Trump’s use of the word infestation, which although was written earlier in the week, was extremely chilling to re-read in light of the massacre.
This great list of actions was written after the Virginia Beach shooting in May, but the actions are all highly relevant today.
The grassroots gun violence prevention group, Moms Demand, has collected important statistics and information about gun violence so their supporters can use them to help enact change in their neighborhoods. I encourage you to read them and get involved.
The Prevention Institute has a study that outlines the myriad ways we can reduce gun violence in our communities. Read their billeted summary and commit to helping move the needle on at least one of their recommendations.
This article by Ben Zimmer, a language expert, looks at the dark political history of the word “infest,” which Trump uses very specifically. Most troubling, is how quickly one can jump to the conclusion that infestations justify exterminations.