Gloria Pan

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

    Posted May 29th, 2013 by

    Anti Gun Violence Graphic 4More than 30 people are killed with guns each day in our nation, according to the CDC. June 14 is the six-month anniversary of Newtown, and nearly the fifth month anniversary of the tragic death of Hadiya Pendleton.

    MomsRising, PICO Network, UltraViolet, Children’s Defense Fund and the National Network to End Domestic Violence invite you to join your voice with ours as we remember that tragic day and use our voices to turn anger into action.

    In these last six months, what have our national leaders done to help prevent such tragedies and reduce the terrible gun violence that devastates American families and communities each and every day? Sadly, not very much.

    Some in Congress are hoping that the American people will forget about the gun violence that plagues our nation and go back to business as normal. We will NOT forget.  We will continue to make our voices heard and to press our elected leaders for action!

    WHAT: A gathering of voices/blog carnival against gun violence. All stories, commentary and thoughts, from the personal to the political, in all forms of media (text, video, audio) are welcome.

    WHEN: We are accepting submissions from now through Monday, June 10, which will be published on the MomsRising blog and shared across our social media networks from June 11 through June 14. MomsRising has a social media reach of more than 3.5 million readers. On June 14, all submissions to MomsRising, PICO Network, UltraViolet, Children’s Defense Fund and the National Network to End Domestic Violence will be gathered into one blog post, which will be simultaneously shared across all our networks.

    HOW: Participants can submit in two ways:

    1) Email to SorrowAngerAction@momsrising.org
    2) Share thoughts or personal stories through the MomsRising story page: http://www.momsrising.org/member_stories/submit

    Please join us. Together, we will be a voice for the safety of America’s families and communities that is more powerful than the gun lobby, and that can’t be ignored.

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    June 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm by JW Pavlic

    It’s an honor to be a part of the tradition that calls for equality amongst all citizens. It may also be courageous to be among the citizenry who speak so greatly upon the subject of liberty, and the equality for all beings. But it’s somewhat questionable whether the rhetoric of “liberty for all” contains sufficient context when it comes to an appreciation of ‘weaponry’ or possession of enforced and controlled arms. The right of a well-regulated militia gratifies the notion to protect a free state yet involves no prequalification in the enlisting of design for a better or more profitable government. The limiting of access’s the procurement of a necessity that’s to be understood between the government of the people and the states of the people (which are one and the same). A creation of limited access that’s to be inclusive of an educated qualification for the betterment and happiness of all the people!

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    June 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm by Gloria Pan

    Wow, Eric. All this time, even though we completely disagree, you’ve been unfailingly polite. But now you congratulate me for impulsiveness and thoughtlessness, and clearly think I don’t have the ability to “reason through a complex situation.” On top of that, you’ve compared me to a violent wife beater. As you so helpfully posted above, MomsRising welcomes respectful commentary, but honestly, I don’t feel very respected by you. Quite the opposite actually. I think we’ve reached a point where any exchange between us has become impossible.

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    Eric Reply:

    Ms Gloria-

    Nowhere did I imply that you don’t have the capability to reason through a complex situation. I’m not denigrating you for your opinion any more than I’m denigrating the wife beater for not having the skills to deal with personal conflict. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer an abusive husband with bullet wounds to a beaten wife. But using another human being as an insulting comparison was not my intention.

    My intention was to say we should be thinking clearly about what causes the problem before we impulsively endeavor to solve it. Where kindly, intelligent, and well-meaning people go wrong is by saying that it’s a big problem and we can’t solve it, so instead we’ll just try to minimize the damage by taking away all the pointy objects. That’s the wrong approach.

    We can solve it. But not with gun control.

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    June 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm by Eric

    Well first I have to apologize to Ms Gloria for my extreme tardiness. I started using Facebook for the first time last week and the next thing you know it’s today.

    Second, I want to congratulate her for a perfectly titled article/gun control event. “Sorrow, Anger, Action” perfectly summarizes an impulsive, thoughtless response to a complex situation. It’s like the lout who beats his wife and can’t take the time to reason through his emotions and the actions of those around him, and instead just lashes out with the first thing that comes to mind.

    Well played. I’m sure that a new push for a gun ban will make violent gangs stop trying to kill each other over the only lucrative business in the inner city and make violent psychotics suddenly well adjusted and popular with their peers.

    Of course there’s that possibility that those problems will just continue on since guns don’t have anything at all to do with the actual problems. But who cares about that, right?

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    Anita Reply:

    This blog carnival is meant to provide a space for those who want to share their stories as mothers, family members and advocates for sensible gun policy.

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    Eric Reply:

    Should we not expect that with freedom of speech should come the freedom to respond?

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    MomsRising.org strongly encourages our visitors to post comments in response to blog postings. We value a diverse range of opinions and perspectives. Our goal is for this space to be educational, thought provoking and respectful.

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    Anita Reply:

    @Eric, Of course.

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