The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday dropped the usual coverage of the game that appears on their social media accounts, opting instead to take to Twitter to highlight the brutal toll of gun violence in the United States.
“The devastating events that have taken place in Uvalde, Buffalo and countless other communities across our country are intolerable tragedies,” said the teams, which play each other Thursday.
In lengthy Twitter threads, teams have pointed to alarming statistics, such as the average number of veterans who die each year by gun suicide – 4,500 – or how often a black youth dies in a gun homicide. fire: every three hours.
Firearms were the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in 2020, the teams pointed out.
Each stat is linked to sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Veterans Affairs.
The Rays said they pledged $50,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, and partnered with the group on Thursday to “amplify the facts about gun violence in America.”
“It can’t become normal,” the team said. “We can’t become insensitive. We can’t look away. We all know that if nothing changes, nothing will change.”
The campaign came a day after the Miami Heat urged fans to support “common sense gun laws” by contacting their lawmakers and voting. The announcement was made during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
In Uvalde, Texas, an 18-year-old gunman massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school on Tuesday.
In Buffalo, New York, another 18-year-old gunman who authorities say was motivated by racist ideology opened fire on a grocery store, killing 10 people and injuring three on May 14.
On May 15, a Las Vegas man shot and killed six people at a Taiwanese church in California in an incident that Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes described as a “politically motivated hate incident.” The shooter was reportedly upset by tensions between China and Taiwan, Barnes said.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.
If you are a veteran in crisis or concerned about a crisis, call Crisis Line for Veterans to 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. Find other ways to get help through the Virginia or non-profit organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, Blue Star Families and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).