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No More Tears

“CS Gas, in 1988, was suspended by the Federal Laboratories Inc in the United States for sale. Ironically, however, the vast majority of CS canisters fired in the first days of the conflict in Egypt were manufactured by Combined Tactical Systems of Jamestown, Pennsylvania in the United States.”

Please read this article, please share, and please tell the US government you will no longer be silent!

Complacency and Violence

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.

Be heard: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

–Suzanne

OP-ed on US Manufactured Tear Gas in Bahrain

Please go to the following link for Human Rights TV’s take on US involvement in Bahrain: http://news.humanrightstv.com/news/2012/op-ed-us-manufactured-tear-gas-causes-miscarriage.

UK Activists Against Weapons Manufacturers

Please check out this call to action to stop the 2013 Arms Fair, which is basically a chance for US weapons manufacturers to market their goods to other countries, regardless of how those weapons will be used.  http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/ .

Share it with your friends, get out there, and do something!!

Suzanne

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