Thursday, March 14, 2013

Do it now

"I have been largely silent on the issue of gun violence over the past six years, and I am now as sorry for that as I am for what happened to the families who lost so much in this most recent, but sadly not isolated, tragedy." — Rep. John Yarmuth, Congressman from Kentucky

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” Edmund Burke


I am hoping as hard as I can hope that as a nation we're on the cusp of at long last enacting meaningful laws to address the epidemic of gun deaths in America.

If you've read my blog before, you know I look for a relevant quote to go with whatever shiny topic I'm writing about that day. Today I've included a second quote as a reminder of how important it is to take action. 

As of March 7, reliable sources put the count at a minimum of 2,728 gun deaths in our country since the Newtown massacre, a number which is assuredly far less than the actual total since gun suicides are often unreported.

Call, write and email your governor, your state representative or senator, your US congressperson and senator. Urge your spouse, relatives, friends and neighbors to do so as well. Don't wait until it's someone you know who's killed.

Below is an AP article from the New York Times about laws that are close to being passed and signed in Colorado to limit ammunition and require background checks for private and online gun sales. Governor John Hickenlooper may not care what an Iowan thinks, but I emailed him anyway to say, "Yay, Colorado for doing the right thing."

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: March 13, 2013

Fiercely debated ammunition limits cleared the state’s Democratic-led legislature on Wednesday and were on their way to Gov. John W. Hickenlooper, who has said he will sign them. The 15-round magazine limit would make Colorado the first state outside the East Coast to place restrictions on guns after last year’s mass shootings. Pending in the legislature is the Democrats’ other signature gun-control bill, which would require background checks for private and online gun sales. Mr. Hickenlooper has more enthusiastically backed that measure.
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