We are heartsick over the horrific and senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas Monday night. We express our deep sorrow and offer our most sincere sympathy to all those who were in any way affected by this evil act. We add our prayers to the millions of others rising upward on behalf of the victims of this tragedy, and we encourage all of us to act in compassionate, productive ways and to give generously of our time and resources to help each other heal in whatever ways we can, specifically by donating much needed blood.
BLOOD DONATIONS: If you are able donate blood, please do. The United Blood Bank is reaching out to ‘sister’ banks from other states for O- and O+ in particular, as well as platelets. If you can donate blood please do. Our ER’s OR’s are filled with the injured. make an appointment at https://bloodhero.com/mobile/index.cfm
If you are in the Las Vegas region, here is a listing of the blood banks nearby:
In addition, you might consider some of these actions:
HOSPITALS: Those who responded to this tragedy would appreciate knowing we know what they do is hard, but we love and support them, and thank them for their tremendous efforts.
FIRST RESPONDERS: LeAnn Erickson Lomax has helped pull together this list of first responders. Consider sending a thank you to them.
Coroners also are important in the aftermath of this tragedy:
Finally, the victims were taken to Davis Funeral home, which can be thanked for their efforts:
PROPOSED DEREGULATION OF GUN SILENCERS: The SHARE Act, the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” (H.R. 3668), contains several provisions that could undermine public safety and environmental protections, including the “Hearing Protection” provision that deregulates the purchase of gun silencers. The sound of gunfire serves an important public safety purpose in alerting nearby people to danger, and as a result, gun silencers have long been subject to the same purchasing restrictions as machine guns, explosives, and other dangerous weapons. If made law, the SHARE Act would remove these restrictions and make it easier to buy a silencer without a background check. If this is of concern to you, see here for more information and a possible call script for contacting your Members of Congress. Another option is to text “silencers” to 644-33, which will provide a clear script and connect you directly.
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