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 realsimple.com 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?
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.