Sunday, June 12, 2016

Veterans Coalition for Common Sense--Hallelujah!

Today after the massacre last night in Orlando, Florida a new announcement of leaders interested in promoting responsibility around gun control with a new organization called Veterans Coalition for Common Sense. 

As the great Maya Angelou once said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. 
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

One of the leaders of the group will be Mark Kelly, the retired NASA astronaut/husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (who was shot but not killed during a senseless attack on her life in a shopping mall). He is also co-founder of a group that advocates for tougher gun laws called Americans for Responsible Solutions, but this new group teams him with another leader, retired U.S. Army General David Petraeus, who has "long resisted calls to run for political office."

Many of my posts have been written with pleas urging American lawmakers to take more stringent control and action on gun violence. I have been trying hard to understand why Americans resist efforts to retire firearms in the twin interests of public and personal safety. 

Really, this new organization might be helping people save themselves, if Americans could only see it that way. A Veterans Health Administration report said that nearly 70% of suicides among male veterans were committed with a firearm between 2001 and 2011. 

Some people from my native Canada feel sorry that I live in America, where it is so very unsafe from guns, and where guns proliferate with the encouragement of the NRA. This is an especially nasty and vocal, yet effective, terroristic set of curious American carnival barkers in favor of pushing guns on everyone. 

I do applaud in my own place the actions of these individuals. Now if only the government as a unit would get behind them with actions, instead of relying on police. If anyone is going to stop gun violence, it has to begin at home. Destroy all guns you may have at home.

I wish all towns would specify how to do so. I found this video that shows how to take it apart. Then it just simply like that, gets tossed.

As far as I'm concerned, that and actively giving blood to survivors are appropriate actions you can personally take on behalf of the innocent Orlando shooting victims in the worst act of domestic terrorism since 2001.

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