Help Me Help All of Us

February 20, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

Has it really been two months since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut? Why does it still feel like it happened yesterday? Maybe because—and this is a good thing—the debate about what to do to prevent gun violence has taken, if not center stage, at least a place somewhere on stage. Finally.

If you visit or read Real Simple magazine, you are smart. (If you read this blog—well, I like to think that means you’re smart, but you may just be related to me.) And smart people generally have smart ideas. It’s time for you to share yours. How do we prevent Newtown from ever happening again?

Make 1 Simple Change

This month, Real Simple has launched an online forum in partnership with All You, Essence and Health.  It’s called Make 1 Simple Change. Our goal is to provide a place for anyone to make her (smart) ideas heard. Do you believe in stricter gun laws? Increased mental healthcare? Changes in the way we view violence in the media? Now is the time to speak up.

For the next two months, we welcome all ideas, and expect a lively debate. We will also feature experts from across a range of disciplines to give their informed views. At the conclusion of the forum, six individuals with six compelling ideas will be chosen to attend an event in New York City, and keep the dialogue going.

Hundreds of people have already submitted ideas. Please take a few minutes to visit the site, support the ideas you like, and add your own


  1. Marsha Miles

    Leave legal, law-abiding gun owners alone. Go after criminals. Punish gun crime. Provide mental health incentives to seek treatment. Provide gun-equipped school security.

    February 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm
  2. Jennifer Vick

    I can imagine a horrid scenario upon where an armed school security guard is overtaken and now
    The individual we all fear is doubly armed. Or, even conceivably, he is overtaken by a previously
    Unarmed student.
    More guns, especially more guns in schools, cannot possibly
    Be the best answer.
    Semi-automatic guns have no place in a civilized society. They are meant
    For warfare. They should remain there.

    February 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm
  3. Karen

    Pass background check laws that include gun shows and then ENFORCE them!

    April 4, 2013 at 8:59 pm
  4. Karen Briggs

    What if we, as a nation, switched our military budget with our education budget, brought home as many as possible of the personel stationed in far away places, fighting hopeless battles, and devoted all that money and human talent and energy to elevating our national education to a standard beyond our wildest dreams, for every child, everywhere. We would experience a national healing at all levels and show that our childrens’ safety and welfare are truly our highest goal. Think about it.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm

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