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Sorrow, Anger, ACTION! — A Gathering of Voices Against Gun Violence

June 14, 2013
MomsRising, PICONetwork, UltraViolet, Children's Defense Fund and the National Network to End Domestic Violence are pleased to present this gathering of voices against gun violence. Gun violence causes more than 30 deaths daily, yet gun manufacturers and their allies hope that the public will forget this inconvenient fact. We won’t forget. Today marks the six-month anniversary of the Newtown school shootings, and nearly the fifth month anniversary of the tragic death of Hadiya Pendleton. While both those events were well covered by the media, the fact is that gun violence breaks hearts in...
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Why Did Raymond in the 5th Grade Need Bullets?

June 14, 2013
Raymond is suffering from depression. He doesn’t know that he is depressed. He is 11-years-old and in the 5th grade. He only knows that he is tired of feeling this way. He has no friends with whom he can be himself. School is too hard. His parents only accept “A”s and he can’t come close to getting those in his new demanding school. He doesn’t see a way out. He wants the pain to end, and he is prepared to end it. In the days that follow his decision to end his own life, his parents notice that he seems more upbeat. They knew things were difficult at school. They figured he would sort things...
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Bullets are not a safety plan

June 14, 2013
I can’t believe it’s the six-month anniversary of Newtown. I took a moment to read this blog I wrote a few days after the tragic event. It feels as relevant to me today as it did 6 months ago. The conversations are the same and I feel frustrated and stuck. We simply have to move forward. -Traci This blog post originally appeared in Can You Relate? Like many of you, I’ve been sad for days, affected by the horrible events in Newtown. I haven’t been able to talk much about it. One because I have an almost 4-year-old who just doesn’t need to process this, and two, because I can’t be very...
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When Shaniqua Doesn't Live in Newtown: Valuing the Lives of Black and Brown Children

June 13, 2013
With the 6 month anniversary of the Newtown massacre upon us it's a good time to self reflect on one of the central issues brought to the forefront, gun violence. On the surface it appears to be a noble crusade. If we could regulate this proliferation of guns then we could get a handle on tragedies such as Newtown or the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Co. As with most things though, things are a bit more complicated than that. Two major things that hyper focusing on Newtown obscures is racial disparities when it comes to media presentation of gun violence and the fact that violent...
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NC’s Lack of Gun Sense is Nonsense

June 13, 2013
Photo credit: Francois Polito, Sculpture of “Non-Violence”by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd He was a braggart about his guns. He told my sons about packing heat and spoke in hyperbolic detail about the other-worldly power and rush that shooting a gun can jolt. He spoke of a violent testosterone fueled definition of manhood and linked masculinity to a love affair with guns. He told my sons about a shoot out at a cafe where an armed patron shot thieves. He spoke with no compassion, only a sense of OK Corral shoot ‘em up caricatures. He guffawed about how “badass” the gent was who pulled out his gun...
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Perder un hijo por causa de la violencia de armas lo cambia todo

June 13, 2013
To read this blog post in English, click here . El 28 de noviembre del 2012, mi vida cambió para siempre. Perdí a mi hijo menor por causa de la violencia de armas. Tenía 26 años, estaba casado y tenía una niña de dos años, su mujer embarazada de nuevo con otra niña. No sé todos los detalles de su muerte. Solamente sé que él y su amigo iban saliendo de una tienda en una esquina de Oakland y los dos fueron atacados a tiros. El amigo de mi hijo sobrevivió pero mi hijo falleció. Apenas hace dos semanas, la policía detuvo a un hombre en San Jose, California, que tuvo una pelea con un guardia de...
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Guns — New Times, New Solutions

June 13, 2013
Although I do not currently carry a gun, I have twice seriously considered doing so. What I find comforting is that if I choose to own and carry a gun, the Second Amendment ensures that I am able to do so. I find it equally comforting that convicted felons and those who have domestic violence restraining orders against them or who commit certain domestic violence misdemeanors are prohibited from having guns. Having previously examined this issue, Congress wisely passed laws to prohibit these individuals from owning or possessing firearms. What Congress knew back then remains true today—the...
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Where the Danger Often Is

June 13, 2013
Have you thought about mass killings when dropping your kids off at school or going to a movie lately? It’s hard not to, given the horrific shootings recently. But do you think of them every time you enter your house? Most mass shootings occur in private spaces, and involve families. Mayors Against Illegal Guns recently issued a report on mass shootings . In all cases where a shooter killed four or more people, 57% involved domestic violence: meaning the shooter killed their intimate partner, and frequently, their children and other family members. What surprised me about this report was not...
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That Panicked Race to School that Every Parent Dreads

June 13, 2013
The text came from our school's emergency system around noon. Parents needed to get to the school “as soon as possible, but no need to panic” as there was a wildfire burning nearby. Of course every parent panicked and rushed to the school only to find the small fire was already 100-percent contained by the fire department and the children were never under threat of evacuation. The school was just being cautious. I imagine that day over and over again only because it's the call you never want to get...yet, as we know, too many parents have. I imagine what it must have been like to hear via a...
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Senseless. Violent. Unexpected. Life Changing.

June 13, 2013
On Friday of this week, June 14th, it will be 6 months since the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. There will be events across the country to honor the memories of the 20 small children and 6 adults who were shot and killed 6 months ago. 6 months. It's a long time ago. It's a short time ago. Have we forgotten? We can't forget. We can't let the corporate gun lobby erase this shooting from our collective memory. Otherwise, who are we as a country? Otherwise, what are we all about? It's all about the victims of the gun violence epidemic running rampant in America. It's time to do...
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