The Thursday edition of The Boston Globe makes a powerfully clear statement about gun violence: “Make It Stop,” the paper proclaims. The opinion piece calls for a ban on assault weapons.
After the initial tweet went out Wednesday evening, the paper launched a slew of tweets with the #MakeItStop hashtag. Each tweet includes the name, age, and death date of a gun violence victim.
Here are a few:
The paper also launched an interactive website to promote its “Make It Stop” campaign. The site’s call to action highlights the six senators that it says are “standing in the way” of true gun control reform.
“Using a baseline of the 2013 vote on expanded background checks after the killings in Newtown, Conn., the dynamics of the gun debate would likely change dramatically if the six senators pictured here are either ousted come November — or if they could be persuaded to change their vote.”
Readers are asked to tweet or email Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to make their voices heard on gun control reform. The site lists how much money each senator has received in gun-rights group funding, with one senator receiving nearly $100,000.
As readers scroll the page, they’re reminded that there have been 47 mass shootings since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004, leaving 411 people dead.
The Globe also tweeted this video, explaining what it’s like to be shot with an assault rife.
There have been strong –and, mixed– reactions to the Globe’s movement online.