Daily Quote: Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”.
Reflection: As I read this quote I am thinking about the ability of our leaders in Congress and the White House to see the injustice that ordinary citizens must endure because of their lack of courage to use common sense to say that assault weapons have no practical use but to kill people. Of course it is risky to bring up the issue during an election year, but in many ways having a debate about the future of the United States is what political campaigns are about. If the leaders and others such as the NRA were intellectually honest this is the perfect time to step up to this issue of injustice. They would be asking us all –Is this the kind of America we want to live-in?
The NRA, who act as lobbyist, not for their members but the gun manufactures use the Second amendment and the false idea that the “Government” can’t take our freedom away to own any gun we want. The “government” at local , state and federal levels have often written many laws for the good of all of us. Without laws we would still have women not voting, black people enslaved, drugs available with out restrictions, driving laws being broken, fraud being perpetrated on all of us etc. The basis for our freedom and liberties is not complete individual freedom do anything at any time we feel like it–this would lead to chaos and anarchy. My question is how can we get our leaders to lead and do something to balance the freedom with the responsibilities and laws needed to create a society that functions on hope and not fear?
Action Assignment: What can you do now to get this dialogue going and create a safer place for all ? And please don’t tell me the only way to change our climate of violence is for all of us to buy arms and 6,000 rounds of amino.
To read more on past mass shootings checkout my post on Caring Confrontation and Fort Hood and Columbine mass shootings.