Wednesday, January 09, 2013

"WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS" Campaign
I'm still heartbroken over the senseless murders of 20 children and 6 adults in Newton, CT last month. This was tragically yet another in a string of mass murders we've witnessed over just the past several years: Oakland, CA; Aurora, CO; Oak Creek, WI; Portland, OR; Tuscon, AZ; Fort Hood, TX; and of course Virginia Tech "topping" the list with 32 dead. Listing them like this it seems unbelievable that all of this has happened in recent memory – but it's the sad truth.

If you are as sick and tired of it as I am, then please take just a few minutes and go to http://wearebetterthanthis.org/

Thirty two families directly impacted from this, and other gun violence, have authored a letter that they will be delivering to Capitol Hill and the White House very soon. They are asking others to add their names to it. And so I ask you to do the same if you feel so inclined.

Below are the words I included when I signed:

I just got off your organization's phone call and am literally in tears after hearing the stories of survivors from the massacres in Virginia Tech and Tuscon, and surviving family members of the mass murder in an Aurora, CO movie theater. I want to thank them for having the courage to step up and make their voices heard after living through, and with, such horror. I honor their loss and am committed to help bring about meaningful change to our gun policies in this country.

I ask YOU, our leaders in Washington, to LISTEN to the overwhelming majority of citizens who believe that every gun purchase should be accompanied by a background check (Unbelievably 40% are NOT)! We also believe that high capacity magazines, ammunition designed to inflict the most carnage and military assault weapons have NO PLACE in our civilized society. Curtailing these items is NOT an impingement on Americans' 2nd Amendment rights. This is a fallacy propagated by the NRA. The NRA does not represent me or the majority of the citizens in this country.


We MUST reduce the level of gun violence in this country. We are indeed better than this!

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