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Parkland survivors want the media to stop focusing on the shooter

"For years, we‘ve encouraged media to report on shooting tragedies by focusing on the facts and stories of victims and survivors without glorifying the shooter or turning them into household names," Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told Teen Vogue. "While keeping Americans safe from gun violence ultimately is the responsibility of elected officials, each of us can play a part in #NoNotoriety, too, by refusing to give the shooter the fame they desire."

Enlisting veterans to fight the NRA

That's why I'm so proud to be a founding member of the Everytown for Gun Safety Veterans Advisory Council — a new initiative that will enable military veterans to play a critical role in ending gun violence in America. The council will provide advice and perspective to a conversation centered on gun violence prevention. As veterans, we will lend our voices to this critical movement for common-sense gun laws in America. And we will provide a forum for honest conversations about how we can save lives while respecting the rights of gun owners, something the NRA has failed to do. Through the council, I will continue to support solutions to improve firearms training, safety and accountability while preserving the Second Amendment, just as I have done my entire life. But I will do it without the NRA. If you've served your country and are tired of the gun lobby's divisive platitudes, join me.

A running list of things the gun lobby has blamed for the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe

According to research by Everytown for Gun Safety, the mass school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, was at least the 184th mass shooting in America since January 2009, and at least the eighth mass shooting this year. Since January 2009, Texas has experienced at least 20 mass shootings — more than any other state in the country. There is no one law that will prevent all gun violence. But there are common sense steps that are proven to work — and even are supported by most gun owners and NRA members. If Texas wants to stop its mass shooting crisis, it can start by requiring a criminal background check on every gun sale. The state could do more to disarm domestic abusers. This isn’t rocket science, and it really shouldn’t be controversial. We all agree on this stuff, except for the NRA’s most extreme leaders.

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