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Monday, December 17, 2012

Resources for turning grief into action

Among the bizarre, almost Orwellian ideas pushed by those opposed to gun control is the notion that somehow there is something unseemly about demanding action in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy such as the one in Newtown, Connecticut.

The gun lobby loves that idea because, of course, the one time when there is a chance of achieving any meaningful change is when such a tragedy is fresh in all our minds.  If not now, when?  As States United to Prevent Gun Violence, an AFJ member, says: Today is the day. 

The other phony argument is that to advocate for gun control is to "politicize" a tragedy.  Ezra Klein of The Washington Post has an excellent response to that one.

            So for those who agree that today is the day:

            Check out the websites of these AFJ members:

            States United to Prevent Gun Violence
            Violence Policy Center

            We’ve also found some useful reading, including:
            These powerful essays from The New Yorker
            Past posts to this Blog discussing District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the right-wing majority on the Supreme Court struck down the ban on handguns in Washington, D.C.

Gun control has, of course, been a longstanding concern at AFJ.  It’s been the topic of these First Monday documentaries:

America up in Arms (2000):

Deadly Business (2001):

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