WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... THE CAPITAL GAZETTE SHOOTING?
Five journalists were killed and multiple others injured at the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, MD, on Thursday afternoon. A disgruntled gunman led a targeted shooting against the paper’s staff-members — devastating victims and their families, as well as members of the community and lovers of the local newspaper.
As the community makes sense of this senseless tragedy, we can lend a helping hand.
Feed your inner news-lover
As Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says: "journalism is a noble profession upon which our democracy depends, and we will fight to defend it."
Most of us already keep up with the news, but are you helping support it? Get started by subscribing to the Capital Gazette to support this cornerstone of our democracy, or subscribe to your local paper and keep them afloat.
Swing by your local blood drive
Blood donations are in high demand after a mass casualty event. Find out where your closest Red Cross blood bank or OneBlood drive is and give blood to the national supply. A single donation may help up to three different people.
It only takes about an hour, so you can schedule it on your lunch break, between errands, or before you meet a friend for dinner.
Be like an extended family
Victims and families are facing mounting medical expenses and funeral costs, and are greatly in need of funds.
Double your impact by donating through the Capital Gazette's fundraiser for the victims — which will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million.
You can also donate through a verified GoFundMe fundraiser that was established by a fellow journalist.
Pick up the phone
The next time you're waiting for the bus, get on the phone with your representatives to tell them how you feel about this issue. Gun control is an incredibly emotional and polarizing subject, so it's important that you decide for yourself where you stand on the issue. Start by learning the basics on the Second Amendment, federal gun laws, and gun laws in your state — and do some digging on your own.
Calling is quicker, more direct, and more impactful than writing a letter, although you can also put pen to paper as an alternative.
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