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As the hashtag trends, people ask leaders to #DoSomething

We can all #DoSomething to help end the growing epidemic of gun violence. What will you do?

At a Sunday night vigil in the aftermath of a mass shooting that left 9 people dead and 27 injured in Dayton, chants of "Do something" drowned out Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine as he attempted to speak to the crowd. Overnight, the hashtag #DoSomething began trending across social media as people grapple with the gravity of three mass shootings in just a week's time, two of them coming within 24 hours of one another.

While that "something" is remains elusive, it's clear that Twitter users are frustrated with elected officials who offer "thoughts and prayers" without meaningful legislative initiatives. With suggestions practical and profane, Twitter users are calling on elected officials to pass universal background check legislation that is widely supported across the country.

Other legislative ideas shared in Twitter soundbites were familiar: re-instate the assault riffle ban which expired in 2004, institute a waiting period for gun buyers, fund mental health services, limit the capacity of ammunition magazines.

Still 0thers are ready to take their activism to the polls, seemingly eager to elect representatives willing to take on the vexing issue of gun violence. Twitter user @DavidRedlawsk encouraged voters to "mobilize", while @CrisRana23 encouraged the Twitterverse to "call your congressman or congresswoman". If that advice sounds reasonable to you, you can find the contact information for your representative at the United States House of Representatives website .

Often, though, calling elected leaders seems so distant from tangible action. To respond more directly, @medarizona tweeted from blood donation center, saying he was "sending his blood to @ElPasoTxGov."

Several people used the #DoSomething hashtag to call for a national walk out, a day with no commerce, and boycotts of companies connected to gun lobbyists.

Most importantly, perhaps, Twitter seemed to agree that no one can be complacent any longer, and we all have a responsibility to keep the issue of gun violence prevention top of mind. But will we?

If we're truly going to solve the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, we're all going to have to #DoSomething.

What will you do?

How can you start something good?
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