There is a great deal that we cannot do after something terrible happens, particularly when it happens to people we do not know. Here are a few things that you can do, should you feel so inclined.

You can make a donation, either one-time or monthly, to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Here is part of their mission statement:

We believe it is too easy for dangerous people to obtain dangerous weapons in this country. There are things we can do. We should make it harder for convicted felons, the dangerously mentally ill, and others like them to get guns in the first place.

We can do this by exposing corrupt gun dealers who feed the illegal gun market. Our Brady Center legal staff works to hold those dealers accountable in court and to protect common sense gun laws when they are attacked in court. We work to strengthen law enforcement’s efforts to stop the illegal gun market. We also educate the public about gun violence through grassroots mobilization and outreach to affected communities.

Should you wish to have a conversation about this country’s gun control laws or public access to mental health resources with one of your state’s representatives or senators, you may do so here and here.

The Huffington Post has also aggregated a list of local nonprofits in Newtown that are providing counseling and medical treatment to the victims and their families, as well as ways to donate.

There are, of course, plenty of other worthy charitable organizations you might consider donating time or money to this weekend, if only because you feel the need to do something. That is fine too; we as a species find doing something comforting and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

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