#Enough

It says so much about America and its citizens, that we continue to allow mass murders via the easy access to assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.    Sensible gun control IS something we can act on.  We can advocate for it, actively and strongly, by writing letters and making phone calls to our legislators.   We can use the power of our vote to elect and maintain lawmakers who want to legislate common-sense gun purchase restrictions.  We can be vocal about our outrage and demonstrative of our sadness when innocent people are killed by individuals who kill civilians–whether for the purpose of terrorism or hate.

The parents of the Sandy Hook elementary school children who were victims of our lax gun/ammunition laws must be demoralized by our inaction.   I am demoralized and ashamed of my country on this issue.   Enough is enough.  This is simply a matter of the NRA’s influence over our legislators, cloaked in a false argument about the Second Amendment.    Gun manufacturers:  How much profit do you need?

Praying For Newtown

Those of us distant from the tragic events of Newtown, Connecticut crave some kind of answer and, absent that, some kind of action.  There are cries for gun control, increased mental health support for families, more security at schools, and additional attention to the culture of violence that permeates our media—unfortunately, we’ve heard those calls for action before.  Maybe this time policymakers, health care professionals, law enforcement and engaged citizens will listen.   I hope so.