Folks, we can agree to disagree on what the Second Amendment means. (I personally believe our Founding Fathers meant a militia of many and not of one but that's not how the Supreme Court ruled.)
Let me be clear. Yes, it's is about who has the gun, not the gun. But way too many guns means access to those guns by people who should not have access.
It's about common sense. It's also about saying if you own a gun, you WILL be held responsible for what happens to that gun (unless it is stolen. FYI, only gun store owners have to report a missing or lost gun. That should change as well.) If gun owners know that they will be accountable, they will be more likely to secure their weapons.
No one needs a military-style assault weapon but the military.
No one needs to get be able to buy a gun without a background check at a gun show. Criminals can buy guns at gun shows without background checks in 33 states including ours.
The real question to ask is - what is the price of "freedom" in our country?
And, how many of our citizens - old and young - is it worth to us to have almost unlimited access to guns?
Will you give your child up for this freedom? Because I'm not giving up mine without a fight.
Please attend the Washington Ceasefire march/rally this Sunday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m.. Come for part of it or all of it but show your support. The march will be from Westlake Park to Seattle Center Mural Theater.
The rally, called StandUp Washington, will include speakers, music and remembrance for those lost. Most important, there will be a call to action on this day before the opening of the 2013 Legislative session. Sponsors include Washington CeaseFire, the Austin Foundation, the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Faith Action Network of Washington, Plymouth Congregational Church, First United Methodist Church of Seattle, University Temple United Methodist Church and Rainier Beach United Methodist Church.
For more info - firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter - @WACeaseFire
Check out the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. They have a great slogan - "We Are Better Than This."
Their stats for today?
Since January 1, there have been 1,880 people shot in the U.S. There were 260 shot today.
But good news (this from Salon):
A March 2012 Colorado Supreme Court decision held that the University of Colorado could not ban students and employees with state-issued concealed weapon permits from carrying guns on campus. The decision overturned the university’s long-standing gun ban. While school policy prohibits guns at ticketed athletic and cultural events, Boulder and Colorado Springs’ campuses now designate dorms for permit-carrying students. (Guns are still banned in other dorms). “Not a single student has asked to live where guns are allowed,” the Denver Post reported last month.
I guess students (and the parents paying for their education) aren't interested in guns in their dorms.
Under Washington State’s Hard Times for Armed Crimes Act, judges actually have no discretion to deny restoration based on a felon’s character or mental health.
Vermont allows children as young as 16 to buy handguns without parental consent.
We have to decide, as individuals and as a country, what is the price of freedom in this country and how many innocents we are willing to sacrifice in its name.