Natalia Petrzela, Intensati
By using our bodies to protest gun violence, I hope we can bring greater awareness to the tragic, rising body count exacted by our epidemic of gun violence. But make no mistake — individual activism and awareness are JUST the beginning. We need POLICY to unmake the structural violence that is literally killing us.
#gunsagainstgunviolence is exciting because so much research shows that social media plays a terrible role in spreading "cultural scripts" that glorify violent gun culture. What about unapologetically reclaiming that space to promote an alternative cultural script that both condemns it and celebrates a worldview based in love — and responsible policy — rather than hate and violence?