Thursday, March 28, 2013

Call For Action Day

Today is national "Call for Action Day" in America because weapons of war don't belong on American streets.

Weapons of war are on American streets because they can legally be so. And why they are is a curious contradiction for a country that appears safe for the most part.

And that's exactly the trouble with guns: you're safe and secure and in peace until you aren't, and here's what the President said.

"It's not over until it's over" President Obama, March 28, 2013.

The President stood in the White House for a televised speech with Vice-President Biden surrounded by mothers affected by gun violence... 

Parents haven't forgotten. The entire country pledged we would do something about it after Newtown. "Shame on us if we've forgotten those kids" said President Obama. "Americans haven't moved on to other things" the President said. He says "Millions of voices" are asking for change.

More from President Obama's speech today:

"Waiting until another innocent child is gunned down? Have to do something about it. Everyone listening should make themselves heard. We need everyone to remember how we felt after Newtown and make sure we meant it, and that it wasn't "Just a bunch of platitudes." Now is the time to act. Tears aren't enough. Expressions of sympathy, speeches aren't enough. We've cried enough, known enough heartbreak. Legislation won't solve every problem. There will still be evil. But we can make a difference, "we can do better than this." If Members of Congress would only lead...That's who we are, it's our character." More at whitehouse.gov.

There isn't really any choice in America if it wants to have a safe country other than to ban guns from convivial and friendly gatherings. America's a country where demented mass shooters like to take aim in movie theaters, in schools at all levels, primary, secondary, and universities and colleges. Happens in businesses, music concerts, places of worship, too.

In a free society anywhere around the world, nowhere is really completely safe or unsafe. It's safe until it isn't, and someone with a gun and a violent disposition disrupts the peace, or even just one or the other.

So the mission of society, while people freely pursue their interests and daily lives should be to make peace and safety a pair of respectable goals. And the only way to do that, and I know my proposal is controversial, some might say blasphemous to the almighty Second Amendment, in today's social and political environment in the United States.

My proposal is to entirely and completely banish guns from America.

Gasp if necessary, but taking away weapons of all sizes is good for society and for everyone in it who depends on peace and safety to live. America hasn't been able to wrap its' collective mind around the prospect of banning guns, although individually certain Americans agree and gun ownership in percentages supposedly has fallen in the last decades. But I just don't see any different choice that's effectively going to make a huge difference in America. And this is not a conspiracy or revolution I'm suggesting. This is just me and what I want, my attitude in favor of a minor change if you will, and my voice on this platform.


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