Monday, July 15, 2013

The Promise

Today the Brookings Institute has released an essay entitled "The Promise: The Families of Sandy Hook and the Long Road to Gun Safety."

The goal is for “The Promise” to contribute to the ongoing national conversation around gun safety.

“Our hearts our broken; our spirit is not.”
·         The Promise tells the story of Sandy Hook Promise, the gun safety advocacy organization formed by families in Newtown, Connecticut to support the victims and survivors of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, through the eyes of their Washington D.C. advisor, Matt Bennett.  It shows the difficulty in challenging one of the most sophisticated special interest groups in modern history and the perseverance by a uniquely dedicated team of advocates.
We need everyone to join the conversation. Read the essay, and share it!


Sample Tweets you can extrapolate to Facebook updates
@BrookingsInst new longform interactive essay #ThePromise explores the politics of #guns and #gunsafety in America:
The #gunsafety debate heats up again after #ZimmermanTrial verdict. The Brookings Essay #ThePromise is a must read:
How can deaths due to gun violence be stopped? Read #ThePromise by @ThirdWayMatt for overview of #gunsafety debate

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cowards, cowards

I am so upset by the recent failure of the Senate to pass a bill on background checks. I don't want to write a bunch of words... I want you to watch this video. It is an excellent recap.  Please, regardless of your stance, will you watch this video and consider what it has to say?

I would also like to make one point clear. The background check bill had language in it to forbid the creation of a national registry from the background checks. That was one of the major concerns. So where was the problem?

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Late to the Party

I know I am late to the party on this issue, but it's still an important one, and I'd like you to read about it and become part of the movement!

Today I became part of the revolution of women and men who will WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence against women and girls on 2.14.13.  (check out some of the great videos from these events here.)

ONE BILLION RISING is a global call to women and men across the planet to gather in their communities to dance and demand an end to violence against women and girls.

Right now, 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.

V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, refuses to watch as more than one billion women experience violence.

ONE BILLION RISING is a promise that on February 14th, 2013, we will ensure that millions of women and men rise up around the world to say, "ENOUGH. The violence ends NOW."

Thank you! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pictures Speak Louder than Words

You know what this picture is? The number of people killed in gun deaths since Sandy Hook.  Since there is no national database, this is based on numbers reported. 

1833 is the number.  This map shows the 250 that occurred closest to Atlanta.

I mean holy shit batman!!! Scary huh? 

Please visit One Million Moms for Gun Control for more information.

I can't think of any reason why we shouldn't be having a national discussion on gun control?

But if you can, you know I like to hear both sides of the story...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Biting the Bullet Part Two

If you happen to want to get involved in the call to action, 1MM4GC provides the following very useful information:

What do I say when I meet with an elected official?
Your message when visiting your representative's office is simple. And if they are on our team, always ask what you can do to help!

PRO Legislation: Thank them for their support of common sense gun violence prevention legislation. Ask them what you can do to support efforts on the hill to pass comprehensive legislation.

ANTI Legisltaion: You are there to express your support for comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation that includes our top three points. You are there because you hope that (insert representative name) will support such legislation. Don't be scared to ask questions, such as
- Are there any components that this rep would support? If so what are they?

SHARE Your Viewpoint:
Below are the talking points that we have found most helpful to remember and to practice over and over again. They cover everything in the easiest most digestible way.

- Gun violence is a public health issues. We want common sense solutions to the epidemic of gun violence.

- We want to see one comprehensive piece of legislation that incorporates a ban on assault weapons, limits magazines to 10 rounds, background checks for all gun sales, reports large sales of ammunition to the ATF.

- We support President Obama's points and want to see a comprehensive piece of legislation.

- We are moms and we vote. And we are going to vote on issues of gun violence prevention.

- We do not want to worry about the safety of our children when the go to school, to the park or to the mall to see a movie.

- 30,000 people are killed by gun violence every year. Anything else responsible for this number of deaths would be addressed and regulated.

- Gun violence is the number 2 killer of children between the ages of 2 and 19.

- There are 4 million NRA members. There are 80 million moms. We demand action, and will not stop until we have common sense legislation to regulate guns and bring about an end to this epidemic of gun violence.

- Our goal is passing legislation. To that end we will continue to build membership here and across the country. To pass legislation on a national level and on a state level, and we will keep our membership growing and focused and engaged until we do so.
- SC ranks 2nd in the nation for domestic homicide - domestic violence turning to murder with 52% of those murders being committed with a firearm. (2010, Violence Policy Center)

-SC - nearly 70% of all murders in SC were committed with a firearm (SC, SLED, 2010)

-Domestic violence situations where a firearm is involved increase the risk of a woman's murder by 500%. (Campbell et al. American Journal of Public Health 2003: 93:1089-1097).

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