As we opened our eyes this morning, our hearts are filled with pain. Our stomachs are still in knots and our brains are a ball of confusion. The insane after effects from the devastating massacre in an Orlando nightclub are here to stay. They were here to stay after the mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Columbine, Colorado, Planned Parenthood, San Bernardino, and Virginia Tech (not to mention the 10 others you can read about here) and the feelings of freedoms stolen, rights being taken and futures being ruined are back again.
When will this madness stop? When will anger and hate take a backseat? Why is love such a threat?
These are things we ask ourselves in times like these, questions we would love to answer for our children. Until we can answer them the way we all wish we could the only thing we can do is to be the change we want to see in the world. Let a beautiful future begin with us.
From the Peace Alliance (and seriously don't we ALL just want peace?)
"Inconsistent application of and loosely worded laws regulating the sale of guns has led to far too many homicides, whether as mass shootings or the nearly every day occurrence of victims of domestic violence being murdered by their abuser. Background checks, especially at gun shows, can begin to reduce the horrendous toll of loss of lives we see in this country. It is imperative that we immediately have an honest dialogue about responsible gun ownership, and work to create strong laws that give law enforcement the tools they need to keep as any guns out of dangerous hands as possible. "
"Among the world's 23 wealthiest countries, 80 percent of all gun deaths are American deaths and 87 percent of all kids killed by guns are American kids. The simple truth is that if these high capacity guns weren’t legal to be sold in our country, tragedies such as Aurora and Wisconsin might have had far fewer casualties. "
- The Peace Alliance and the Student Peace Alliance
Here is a piece we posted last year and we still feel as strongly. We have lost followers since Sunday's LGBT shooting by an unstable man who was watched by the FBI, put on a no fly list and still was able to legally get a weapon. We have had people say HORRIBLE things to us on social media simply because we want laws to change. The mass shooting in Orlando killed almost 50 and wounded 53. The club was being protected by a "good guy" who had a gun and he could not stop the "bad guy". So arming everyone is not the solution. Slowly finding a path to the solution would be to close loopholes, doing better, more intensive background checks, not selling guns/ammunition at gun shows and online, not allowing the sale or purchase of semi automatic or automatic guns...etc. This IS NOT ABOUT A POLICE STATE...this is NOT about NOT allowing responsible mentally stable people to have guns...this is about a policy change. This is about gun control. .... read on to our piece from December after the San Bernardino Shooting....
How is it that talking about gun control is still controversial? Why is it that right now I am nervous to write this because it may alienate some of our readers? I believe the statistics that say the majority of American people want stronger, smarter gun control laws and yet i'm nervous about the response of those who's opinion differs. Will we lose followers? Will people start trolling us on Twitter & Instagram?
I can't even imagine how a politician feels speaking up on such a polarizing subject.
But for our children, when they look back at today from ten, twenty or thirty years into the future... I need them to know that we used whatever platform we have to stand up for them and tried to make their world a safer place. .
We can not stand by and watch the world dissolve into a place where there are multiple mass shootings in one day. We can't stand by and let our children grow up in a world where their are 355 mass shootings in less then 365 days.
Personally, We can't stand by when thousands upon thousands more people are killed every year due to domestic violence, gang violence, and horribly enough, accidental shootings by family members.
America has 50% of the worlds guns... You can buy an automatic or a semi-automatic weapon in most of our states. In my mind, no one needs that sort of weapon for any thing good.
As passionate as I personally feel about my anti-gun beliefs, I also understand that many people hold the right to bear arms very dearly. So lets make it clear that GUN CONTROL does not equal NO GUNS. I took this from a petition I signed.
Gun control doesn't have to mean no guns. I'm not suggesting we take guns away. I'm suggesting we put tighter controls on acquiring and owning them.
Gun show loopholes must be stopped. Ammunition should not be sold online. Mandatory wait periods should be enforced, during which time a thorough background check, psychological and medical evaluation, and character references should be completed.
More accountability should be placed in the hands of retailers. When patrons refuse wait periods, authorities should be notified. Training and testing should be mandatory, as should a renewal process that includes many of the above-mentioned evaluation terms.
Gun owners and non-gun owners need to come together and agree on regulations that protect the right to own a firearm for sane, responsible adults and keep them out of the hands of the mentally unstable.
Petitions are available all over for you to sign, if you feel passionate about this or even slightly stirred please add your name here.
At this point you may be asking what qualifies two women who write about fashion, art and home decor to speak on this subject.... The answer is: we are Mothers. We are trying to learn everything we can about this subject and educate ourselves on what we can do about it.
In the most recent shootings in San Bernardino 14 people were killed. The motive seems to have been a religious radical acting on some extreme and twisted interpretation of his religious doctrine.
Similarly, the November 27th Colorado Springs shootings at Planned Parenthood where 3 people were killed and 9 injured seem to have been carried out by someone with an extreme and twisted interpretation of his own religious doctrine.
So, if you classify something as terrorisim or not it is all terrifying.
Weapons are being acquired completely legally in many of these cases... By people who have histories of domestic violence and mental illness, people who should not have guns.
You should not be able to buy ammunition over the internet because this leave us, as a nation, with no way of knowing how much one person has. For example in Aurora Colorado, James E. Holmes went into a movie theater with a semi automatic rifle, a shot gun and a semiautomatic pistol. He had more then enough ammunition to kill 12 people and wound 70 more.
"Over four months, Mr. Holmes legally bought more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition for handguns, 3,000 rounds for a semiautomatic rifle and 350 shells for a 12-gauge shotgun, all over the Internet." New York Times- By LARRY BUCHANAN, JOSH KELLER, RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and DANIEL VICTOR
Just this past Thursday as we all wept for the people of San Bernardino, two measures to tighten gun control were denied in congress. Politicians will continue to be afraid to vote against the gun lobby unless we make our voices so loud they realize they can't ignore us.
Of the two measures that were not passed this past week, one would have made it impossible for anyone on a terrorist watch list to buy a firearm and the other would have required background checks and waiting periods to be implemented at gun shows.
"The measure has been introduced repeatedly since 2007. The Government Accountability Office has documented that over years of congressional blockage, hundreds of suspected terrorists on the watchlist bought guns.
Another bill that would have expanded background checks to gun show and online firearms sales to screen out convicted felons and the mentally ill also failed on Thursday. The four Republican senators running for president — Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham — all turned up to vote against these common-sense measures.
“If you need proof that Congress is a hostage to the gun lobby, look no further than today’s vote,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, who sponsored the terror watchlist measure." New York Times
So, we get to tell someone they can't fly on a plane... But we can't tell that same person they can't buy a gun? Forgive me for not being an constitutional expert, but this makes no sense to me.
Strict gun control laws work, it has been proven.
As mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors we need to stand up and let it be known if we are outraged at the ease and availability with which sick people can gather arsenals of "war-ready" weapons. It is not O.K.
You can talk to us about how most gun deaths in America are not by mass shootings and are related to gang violence, domestic violence and suicide.... And you are right. But in all honesty we wish those people didn't have guns either.
Let's find a middle ground before all of our kids grow numb to the fact that these sort of things happen.
If you agree with us, please write your state representatives and let them know how you feel.
We all have a voice, no matter how small... No matter how much we tremble when we use it.