Why Persist?

More gun massacres…more useless thoughts and prayers…continued failure to pass common sense gun legislation. Our politicians do not need new ideas. Good ideas have been out there for years. I have written at least 8 blog posts in the past 7 years addressing gun control. These posts have addressed:

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I could give up. Many people do. But I cannot and you should not give up either. The solutions are there. They are achievable. Quite simply, the world is too beautiful to give up on it. Too many innocent lives are being snuffed out by racist white nationalists with military grade weapons to give up on them.

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I just returned from a family trip to Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Alaska. This American bald eagle reminded me that we have been able to make changes, like banning DDT, which almost rendered this mighty American symbol of strength and freedom extinct. We are capable of doing good things for the survival of the world. We can and we must do them again.

Here are some things you can do.

  • Investigate how your members of Congress vote on gun reform bills. You can check their votes here.
  • Check to see whether your members of Congress receive contributions from the NRA, and if so, how much they receive, here.
  • Tell your state legislators to support red flag or extreme risk laws that exists in fifteen states and Washington, DC that allows guns to be seized from those whom a judge deems a threat to themselves or others.
  • Tell your members of Congress to support laws that evidence demonstrates will save lives including:
    • Requiring permits to purchase all guns by eliminating the exemption for private sales;
    • Banning individuals convicted of any violent crime from gun purchase;
    • Making all serious domestic violence offenders surrender firearms;
    • Banning active alcohol abusers from firearms; and
    • Banning assault weapons.
  • Join and/or contribute to an organization that is working on these issues such as Everytown for Gun Safety or Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Most important, and this goes beyond gun control, as Justin Dart, considered as the father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), said so eloquently in a way that gun reform advocates must take to heart:

Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.

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For more information on how I can help you accomplish progressive, effective systems change, contact Jeff Spitzer-Resnick by visiting his web site: Systems Change Consulting.

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