I ask because I honestly thought that after the horror of Newtown that things would change. On December 16th, it will be the one-year anniversary of that horrible event. Twenty small children and six staff members were killed .
Today is December 8th which is the 33rd (!) anniversary of John Lennon's murder. This is what his widow, Yoko Ono, tweeted. Those are his actual glasses.
When does this stop?
Over at The Stranger Slog, they had a running thread nearly every single week of toddlers and kids who got a gun and accidentally shot themselves or other kids they were playing with nearby. The Slog managed to find a story every - single - week.
I note that in Iceland they passed a very sad mark for their country last week. It was the FIRST time in their country's history that police officers shot and killed a man. (He was mentally ill and would not put down his weapon.) The police extended their condolences to the family. How does this compare to what we allow in our own country?
I know its the holidays. We want to have fun and loving times with friends and families.
But please consider these events.
Thursday, the 12th, there is an event at Town Hall ($5) focusing on keeping kids safe from guns.
Panelists will provide tips on how to keep kids safe from guns and tools
for starting meaningful conversations that may help reduce violence.
This wide ranging conversation will be moderated by Dr. Leslie Walker,
Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital and
professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of
Medicine. A diverse panel of speakers includes the father of an
elementary school student who was shot at school, a sitting judge, and
medical and public health professionals from Seattle Children’s and
University of Washington, including its Harborview Injury Prevention
& Research Center.
On Saturday, the 14th, there will be a nondenominational service at First Church to remember Newtown at 5:30 p.m. First Church is at 180 Denny Way between 2nd and Warren Avenue.
The state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America joined others to organize this event.
Here's the Facebook page for Moms Demand to learn more about them or even join.
Lastly, please consider working for or supporting Initiative 594, the gun safety initiative that would require a background check on almost all guns sales in the state, closing the gun show loophole. Just today, according to the Seattle PI, the state's four Catholic bishops strongly endorsed the measure.
“These modest conditions for legal purchase of firearms represent a
prudent balance between concerns for personal liberty and public
safety. In addition to this initiative measure, we also urge support by
public and elected officials for policy initiatives to improve access
to mental health care for those who may be prone to violence.”
The statement represents the views of Seattle Archbishop J. Peter
Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Spokane Bishop Blase
Cupich, and Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson.
I-594, if it submits enough signatures, goes first to the
Legislature. So does a rival initiative, sponsored by gun rights
supporters, that would forbid background checks.
The Legislature can either adopt an initiative into law, send the
initiative on to voters, or offer an amended alternative. It seems
almost certain that Washington will vote on two rival gun initiatives
No more silence.