'Politicize my death': Twitter users plead for change in wake of mass shootings

After shootings, some social media users are pleading: “Politicize my death.”

August 05, 2019, 2:53 PM

“Politicize my death."

Those three stark words rang out hundreds of times on Twitter this weekend in the wake of two deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as social media users gave each other permission to make their potential death in any future mass shooting part of a political conversation about ending gun violence.

"If I die in a mass shooting, please politicize my death toward ending gun violence, immediately," went one typical plea, from writer Jennifer Wright. "I don’t want to die for nothing."

The comments and their variants reflect growing frustration and outrage over prior responses to mass shootings, in which elected officials and public figures have often called on others not to "politicize" the tragedies.

Critics contend requests not to "politicize" mass shootings stymie discussions of potential public policy solutions that could help prevent future incidents.

If I die in any sort of mass shooting, you have my full permission to politicize my death immediately. Don’t let it be in vain.

— Anna Hayworth (@ARHpm06) August 4, 2019
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