Who ends up paying the price of gun lobby political donations?
"6 Adults, 3 Children Injured In Shooting Near Beach In Hollywood, Florida" - HuffPo
"Florida lawmakers hand DeSantis political win on guns" - Politico
"The various ways people can access guns without a background check" - Click Orlando
"Gun rights groups set new lobbying spending record" - Open Secrets
"DeSantis’s Administration Solicits Endorsements and Money for His Campaign" - NY Times
Connect the dots between more guns, the surge in mass shootings, and gun lobby political donations with this StoryMap. Elections have (deadly) consequences. Register and vote for politicians to fight for common sense gun safety measures, not beholden to the gun lobby.
Follow the blood money and surge in shootings
Gutting gun safety regulations
"The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Thursday voted to let gun owners in the nation’s third most populous state carry guns without a state permit... Florida lawmakers approved the legislation just days after a school shooting in Nashville claimed the lives of three children, prompting emotional pleas from Democratic legislators who called the measure a step back after Florida enacted several gun restrictions in the immediate aftermath of the 2018 Parkland massacre where 17 people were killed."
“This bill attempts to return the God given rights of humanity, the God given rights of self-defense,” said state Sen. Jonathan Martin (R-Fort Myers).
“I’ve looked all through the Bible,” retorted Sen. Bobby Powell. “There’s no scripture that talks about guns in the Bible. That God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten gun is not in there.” - Politico
Storytelling for action
This story was created with a StoryMap in a few hours after news of the latest Florida shooting. It features a map of the shooting incidents with data from the Gun Violence Archive. This helps readers see how close they live to a shooting incident created by MAGA Republicans eliminating gun safety regulations. It also provides details on their elected rep and how to contact him/her with one click. The map includes details on eliminated gun safety regulations and how much the gun lobby has donated to Republicans.
Digital storytelling tips
Time is of the essence. Get your story out while the news is in the headlines to use the media cycle for exposure.
Make it personal. Use maps to let people see how the issue impact them where they live.
Keep it simple. Make your story visual, engaging and easy to understand.
Provide facts. Include real data not just opinions, such as history of shooting incidents.
Make it actionable. Give people the information they need to act on the issue, like the name of their elected rep to call.
Make it sharable. Provide links so readers can share it with others or embed it in their own website.
Make your story actionable
This map created with ArcGIS Online has details on dozens of shootings in Florida overlaid with the State House and State Senate Districts. Links are embedded in the map so you can call your elected rep with just one click.
Make your story visually engaging
This StoryMap include a GIF of the video with Rachel Maddow. Why? People tend not to click through to the video, so give them a preview with a GIF.
TakeAway: Vote for politicians who will fight for common sense gun safety regulations, not beholden to the gun lobby.
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