Heading into the weekend and this Saturday’s March For Our Lives, here’s a glimpse of how the this generation is turning the tables on the NRA. They’re unabashedly able to take the NRA’s rhetoric (as delivered by one of it’s more histrionic spokespersons) and turn it back on itself. No fear! [Read more…]
As we head into the March for Our Lives weekend, a look at the organization largely responsible for our glut of guns is in order. When you drill down into the issues surrounding gun violence in the U.S., it’s impossible to escape the conclusion we would not be having this debate if it were not for the National Rifle Association.
It’s my contention people of our country are being held hostage by a small group of people financed by arms manufacturers.
Their approach to keeping us interned involves generating an ‘intense state of fear,’ which just happens to be the definition of terror in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Terrorism is therefore described as the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. [Read more…]
On March 24, those around the country will join March for Our Lives demonstrations to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. This movement has been led by student organizers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which less than a month and a half ago was the site of one of the nation’s deadliest school massacres.
Earlier this month, Lyft Co-Founders John Zimmer and Logan Green shared their support for the civic engagement these students have inspired by offering free Lyft rides to marches around the country. [Read more…]
The mission and moral clarity of the student survivors of the Valentines Day shooting in Parkland, Florida continues to have a nationwide impact. Locally there will be March for Our Lives rallies on Saturday in Temecula, Escondido, and downtown San Diego. And these mass gatherings are not occurring in a vacuum.
Indivisible 49 and its coalition partners moved its weekly protest on Tuesday from the Vista office of Rep. Darrell Issa to the Oceanside office of State Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, who seeks to replace Issa in Congress. Several hundred people showed up to make their feelings known about Chavez’s 93% approval rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its endorsement during his last campaign.
The Del Mar City Council is asking directors of the nearby fairgrounds to end their relationship with the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, held there five times a year. According to the Union-Tribune, they have also reached out to 78th District Assemblyman Todd Gloria and State Sen. Toni Atkins to draw up legislation prohibiting gun shows at the facility. The City of Solana Beach will be considering a similar action. [Read more…]
By Fran Finley
Warriors Of Change
Oh young brave souls
Let your music out
Sing your songs of sorrow
As you weave for yourself
Cloaks of change
Paint your innocent faces
With the color of blood
And sky and earth
Lay your hand over
Your wounded heart
And pledge allegiance
To end the violence
Spreading upon this land [Read more…]
Here’s an example of the new gun reform campaign shaping up on Social Media, this one from Parkland survivor David Hogg. [Read more…]
There have been 7,000 children lost to gun violence since the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. The activist group AVAAZ made the impact of that statistic materially visible last Monday, March 12th, by arranging 7,000 pairs of empty shoes on a lawn near the Capitol Building, hoping to move the legislators inside to pass meaningful gun reform legislation.
Samantha Bee’s prayers are answered. A generation is coming that won’t repeat our mistakes. [Read more…]
Students from over 3000 schools nationwide and more than 30 in San Diego stopped what they were doing on Wednesday, March 14, to send a message.
This was about more than guns. This was about saying no more business as usual. This was about saying platitudes won’t do. This was about saying personal attacks on survivors just makes their cause stronger.
Making change is a lot of work. I hope and pray they continue on the path of righteousness. [Read more…]
Randy Rainbow refashions a mock “interview” with Dana Loesch into a mocking musical parody of “Kids”, the musical number performed by Paul Lynde from the play “Bye Bye Birdie”. Instead of posing the original’s question of “What’s the Matter With Kids Today?”, he showcases so much of what’s right with kids today.
Lewis Black is known for his impassioned, but crude, diatribes. Here in a February 24th, 2018 monologue he reflects on the surge of passionate activity of today’s kids and notes the similarity with the Vietnam era, and a crucial difference. [NSFW – language]
Analogies are never perfect (or in this case “purr-fect”), but there’s still merit in framing gun reform issues with this approach using cats. [Read more…]
Oh, I love those children.
Those beautiful bright young
high school Floridians,
so needed to dampen
our warped relations with guns,
as one, [Read more…]
March is Women’s History Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
Thoughts & Prayers MakeUp Tutorial; a fresh take on an old problem. This was posted on YouTube four days after the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. [Read more…]
Students in more than a dozen local high schools have announced plans to participate in a nationwide walkout organized by the Women’s March to protest gun violence on March 14th. The 17-minute walkout at 10 a.m. in each time zone is meant to honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida.
The San Diego Unified School Board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for federal background checks for gun and ammo purchases, a ban on semi-automatic firearms, high capacity magazines and bump stocks. It also called for the reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban.
On Tuesday evening, several local high profile groups announced the creation of a new coalition, called San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention. Participating are members of the San Diego Brady Campaign Chapter, Sandy Hook Promise and Survivors Empowered. [Read more…]