Except when it isn’t.
I heard a news anchor this week talking about how the issue of gun control was no longer dominating the airwaves. Hmm… isn’t it also up to our journalists to keep important issues on the front burner? At least that’s what I learned in journalism school.
I am certain that millions of moms aren’t going to keep quiet on the need for gun control. And we have the power of numbers. There are 84 million mothers in the United States and only 4 million NRA members.
See what I mean? Why would we be bullied by them?!
Many years ago, I was a victim of gun violence. I had someone slam me across the head with a gun, screaming in my face that he was going to kill me. He didn’t. I got away. I was lucky.
But do you know there have been about 500 people killed by guns in this country since the still incomprehensible Newtown shooting. Is this the kind of country you want to live in?
The United States has become a war zone. Former U.S. representative Gabby Giffords, who just launched Americans for Responsible Solutions to fight for gun restrictions explains it so well in an USA Today op-ed…
“Weapons designed for the battlefield have a home in our streets. Criminals and the mentally ill can easily purchase guns by avoiding background checks. Firearm accessories designed for killing at a high rate are legal and widely available. And gun owners are less responsible for the misuse of their weapons than they are for their automobiles.”
And join the One Million Moms For Gun Control. This organization is not against guns, it’s against the proliferation of military-type weapons. These moms are fighting to…
Reinstate the ban on assault weapons and related magazines. These weapons are clearly not the weapons of choice for hunters.
Close gun-show loopholes that encourage private gun sales without background checks, a basic procedure that every purchaser should undergo.
And a common sense approach to how much ammunition can be purchased. Fertilizer and Sudafed purchases are limited; ammunition should be as well.
As moms, I know we have jobs to go to, lunches to pack, laundry to fold and endless responsibilities. But our children’s safety must be at the top of the to do list.
Let’s do something for those Newtown families. The ones whose homes used to burst forth with so much laughter and joy. And are now way too quiet.