By Nina Vinik, Founder and Executive Director of Project Unloaded
On July 4, my quiet, suburban hometown of Highland Park, Ill. became the scene of yet another mass shooting in America—one of at least 11 that took place over the holiday weekend.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, at least 220 people were shot and killed over the Fourth of July weekend and close to 570 were wounded. What’s more American than not knowing if we’re hearing fireworks or gunshots?
To solve gun violence, we need strong federal action—but that’s not coming any time soon. It took a decade of advocacy to convince the Senate to pass even the most incremental of gun safety bills. How many lives will be taken before Congress is willing to meet the moment?