My post after the Zimmerman murder verdict about not being Trayvon Martin’s mother went mildly viral thanks to a few strategic shares from Erica at yeah write and Jill Smokler, aka Scary Mommy. And like a lot of other bloggers who write about Very Important Subjects, I hoped that my words had spurred a few people into action or more awareness or more empathy. Or something. And maybe they did. For a hot minute.
Part of what attracted me to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was that it made acting so easy. Click to write an email to your senator. Here’s the number to call your member of Congress. Nervous? Check out this video. Tongue-tied? Here is a script; change it as you wish. It was so easy! And since Columbine, when I had to explain to my high schoolers that no, school wasn’t a safe place either, I had been looking for a way to feel more powerful, effective, influential.
There are loads of issues pulling our attention in dozens of directions, so I get that not everyone can (or wants to) write about gun violence prevention. But there are people lifting their voices about gun violence. I want to help make it easier for people to read great posts that share thoughtful and perhaps varied points-of-view. And whether or not you are comfortable speaking out in your own words, you can support the cause by sharing their words.
So, for your reading awareness:
Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, who was killed when Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old white gun collector and software engineer, fired at least eight shots into a carful of teenagers after admonishing them about the volume of their music, is interviewed in this article. Please read: “How many more black boys have to die?”
Susan Diana, a writing instructor at Montclair State University, yearns for a discussion about the causes of mass shootings that don’t disintegrate: “Gun violence…demands we stop framing the discussion in sound bites, and that all of us, together, examine, with reliable, relevant, and accurate data, why mass killings keep happening and happening and happening.” Please read: “Are we safe?”
Monica Bielanko, a popular blogger and writer for Babble, responds to the New York Times article about gun safety and children from this past Sunday. She asks, “What do gun rights advocates care if we create safe storage laws or develop childproof technology? Why all the backlash against background checks? You can still arm yourself to the teeth if you want; you just can’t have a criminal record or a history of mental illness or keep your loaded gun in your nightstand or under your pillow. If you’re a responsible gun owner, and you should be, why are these things even issues?” Please read: “I Choose Life, and That Means No Guns Under My Roof.”
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