We can’t just look at today’s actions as a call to action, nor what transpired two days ago in Portland, or the “smaller” daily killings across the country. Innocent victims — strangers to the killers in these cases — murdered without cause. These are not numbers – they are loved ones.
We have become complacent.
We are a country more obsessed with the right to weapons than we are with the right for others to live.
Nuclear, chemical, small arms – there are no safe weapons. There is no real way of preventing “dangerous” people from getting weapons that are readily available to “safe” people.
There is more of a fuss put up for the right to bear arms than the actual causes that would keep our communities safe: diplomacy amongst nations, cooperation in addition to competition, and social safety nets such as guaranteed access to food, shelter, and health care (including mental health).
Our actions affect the global population just as much as our own. The tragedies of war, our perpetuation of poverty through exploitation … our actions become examples of what others can get away with. It seems lately we’re writing the “How-to” books of causing suffering.
The US legacy should not be ensuring the powerlessness of those who just want to live. I recognize the irony, but fellow pacifists, we need to fight.
We need to tell the government we want change.
We need to hole ourselves up in law libraries and coffee shops and write about the nation we want.
We need to stand on lawns in front of the White House, Governors’ Mansions, Police Headquarters, and demand change. We need to be loud. We need to scream and stomp.
This site’s mission is to educate others about the dangers of an indiscriminate weapon. As we’ve seen time and again, guns are just as indiscriminate in whom they are used to kill.
No more children, no more men, and no more women need to die from violence.
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