Call to action on gun violence

From Dennis Henigan:

Some would suggest that American gun violence is an intractable scourge, with obstacles to progress that are just too high and too numerous. The American people don’t believe that, not for a minute. There is no better time to make that clear than January 8, 2012, the first anniversary of the Tucson shooting.

We urge people across this nation, in cities, suburbs and small towns, to join with the Brady Campaign, and many others on that day, to stand as one to remember the victims of American gun violence and to say, with one simple act, that we will no longer tolerate the relentless loss of innocent lives to gunfire.

That simple act is to light a candle. Join us by participating in a nationwide candlelight vigil, to proclaim that there have been too many victims of gun violence for our nation to endure.

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9 Responses to Call to action on gun violence

  1. Paul Hunter says:

    NOTE: THIS POST WAS IN THE SPAM BIN, I JUST FREED IT -gtl

    I know that attacking the messenger isn’t considered fair criticism; however this is still important to know.
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    It certainly appears this is the latest attempt at relevance by a failed gun ban organization, and likely will produce much the same effect as Perry’s big Prayer Rally.

  2. SundogA says:

    I have to say, and this is regardless of the cause or which side of it you fall on, I honestly fail to see the point. Candlelight vigils are pretty, and I suppose they make the people involved feel like they’re doing something, but I can’t think of anything more useless for changing public opinion. It’s a bunch of people being quiet and attentive and nice and failing to put their case forward in any way.
    I dunno. Protests, I get – you shove your cause in people’s faces, so they can’t just switch off. Making your case in the media? Sure. Campaigns to highlight the issue, bring it into the public forum? Absolutely. But this just seems…pathetic.

  3. sandiseattle says:

    SundogA, I will disagree with you. The idea is to amass a public opinion. That is useful.

  4. SundogA says:

    sandiseattle – This is true, but you’re really only amassing those who already agree with you, plus probably a few of the “permanently disaffected” (aka rent a crowd). Or to put it another way, you’re preaching to the converted.
    Those who disagree with you, those who have no opinion, and politicians, can ignore events like this with impunity, which means they almost certainly will.
    Now, “maintaining the rage” and keeping your core constituency behind you is a valid purpose, which this will serve. However, saying that this will “send a message” is, to me, hopelessly naiive.

  5. Paul Hunter says:

    NOTE: THIS POST WAS IN THE SPAM BIN, I JUST FREED IT -gtl

    Thanks Greg

  6. ckerst says:

    Since more people are killed every year in motor vehicles than by firearms I’m curious as to why you are not up in arms about automobile violence.

  7. SundogA says:

    ckerst, why even bring that up? I hear this same argument EVERY time someone brings up the topic of gun control, and it NEVER makes any sense. How does being concerned about one thing possibly corrrelate to be unconcerned about another? This hoary old non-argument fails massively on every level.
    Philosophically, I am opposed to most forms of gun control. But bringing up the same worthless verbiage about it time after time is NOT helping our case!

  8. Azkyroth says:

    Since more people are killed every year in motor vehicles than by firearms I’m curious as to why you are not up in arms about automobile violence.

    Because automobiles are already heavily regulated and subject to licensing.

    Thanks for playing!

  9. IraqVet1999 says:

    Obesity kills more people than all gun violence and assidents combined so lets ban the spoon and fork.

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