Twitter verifies some parents of school mass shootings, but not others
Hart became an influential figure in gun violence prevention activism after her daughter, Kimberly Vaughan, and nine others were killed in the 2018 Santa Fe High School shootings in Texas.
“OG Texas School Shooting Survivor May 2018,” reads her Twitter bio, a nod to last month’s shooting that killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas. She has built over 25,000 followers on the platform, where she regularly calls politicians by their @, shares links to upcoming rallies and hosts live streams to discuss his activism and explain what life is like for survivors. Even her username, @kimsmom3, is a tribute to her daughter.
And Hart thinks getting verified on Twitter would make politicians take her more seriously.
She has trouble with it. Recently, her congressman, Republican Randy Weber, told her he voted against the Kimberly Vaughan Firearm Safe Storage Act – a bill named after her daughter and centered on firearm storage education. fire – without even reading it.
“It’s absolutely infuriating,” Hart told BuzzFeed News on a call shortly after Congress passed the bill, which is part of a series of gun control measures that shouldn’t be adopted by the Senate. Weber did not respond to a request for comment.
A blue tick would also mean validation for Hart.
“They checked on other parents from other shootings – Sandy Hook, Parkland, etc,” she said. Santa Fe is a small conservative town about 40 miles from Houston, and Hart has become the most prominent community voice calling for gun reform — one of the only ones, in fact.