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Beyond Shameful

Dear Forty-five Obstructionist Senators: The President used the word “shameful” to describe the Republican filibuster two days ago in the U.S. Senate of bipartisan legislation to address gun violence. “Shameful” doesn't even begin to describe what you did. This was an act of pure cowardice.

Dear Forty-five Obstructionist Senators:

The President used the word “shameful” to describe the Republican filibuster two days ago in the U.S. Senate of bipartisan legislation to address gun violence. “Shameful” doesn't even begin to describe what you did. This was an act of pure cowardice.

How do you look the parents of dead children from Newtown in the eye? Do you even meet with them one on one or rather leave that task to your staff?

Instead of finding a way to get it done, you worked hard to find a way to avoid doing anything. And you succeeded...for now.

And what about this sham of a democracy that our Congress has become where a minority is able to thwart the majority at every turn? Common sense background checks for gun purchases is something that 90% of our society agrees on. We don’t agree on anything in those numbers. And yet even the Senate remains in the control of the gun industry and the NRA who are determined to block any action whatsoever in response to Newtown, Aurora, Tuscon, etc.

I won’t even bother to once again try to make the case that common sense gun legislation will save women’s lives by making it harder for batterers to get guns. Clearly the facts of this matter don’t matter to you.

You have chosen to represent the gun industry and the NRA rather than your constituents and the wellbeing of your communities. I pray that your constituents will remember come November, 2014.

Your Fellow Citizen,

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
FaithTrust Institute
www.faithtrustinstitute.org

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re gun control

Posted by Debra S. Michels at Apr 19, 2013 08:32 PM
Does anyone else think that there is another way we could approach this violence problem, in the meantime while we are working with the gun lobby, etc.?

I grew up knowing the doctors who created the very first hotlines, for suicide prevention. I wish I knew how to start a movement that would mobilize members of society - and authority figures to help them -

Because I think at least some of the people who wind up exploding in violence are known to be a bit "off" - give off warning signals to others.

If we learned how to respond as a community to that, perhaps we could prevent at least some deaths by people who act out murderous or rage-filled feelings.

Another aspect of this would be for us to respond to bullying, wherever it occurs - at home, in schools, in workplaces. To give people support so that they don't succumb to suicide or become homicidal because they feel so alone and so overwhelmed by shame, rage, despair...

Beyond Shameful

Posted by Donna at May 09, 2013 05:00 PM
Amen. You have expressed my feelings exactly and of many people I know.