“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.– Martin Niemoller, 1945.
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the labor leaders, but I did not speak out because I was not a unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
As one day became another and others disappeared, gypsies, mentally retarded, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, criminals, anti-socials and emigrants, I remained silent because I was not one of them.
Then it was they came for me, but no one spoke for me because by then there was no one left to speak.”
If, as an American today, you have been privileged enough to not experience a mass shooting in your town, you may not realize how much Gun Violence is terrorizing this country and you may not feel compelled to contact your Elected Officials about passing gun law reforms.
I didn’t pay so much attention to Gun Violence either until it happened in my town.
On March 22nd, 2021, the town I call home, Boulder, Colorado, experienced a mass shooting at our local King Soopers grocery store. When I lived in South Boulder, that was my grocery store. I can see that store from the inside out when I close my eyes. It was close to my home and as I cooked so many meals with the groceries I bought there, it is close to my heart. No motive on behalf of the shooter has yet been revealed. Ten lives were lost. Rest In Peace: Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; Rikki Olds, 25; Neven Stanisic, 23; Denny Stong, 20; Officer Eric Talley, 51; Jody Waters, 65.
May you pay more attention to reforming gun laws NOW so that this tragedy of a mass shooting doesn’t happen in your town too!
You might even think this is just another partisan issue and you don’t want to get in the middle of it all. Well, as an American citizen who votes for Representatives who in turn vote for the legislation that governs the kinds of guns that are bought and sold and by whom/to whom in our country: you are already in the middle of it all. And yes, perhaps there are partisan lines here.
However, the real party lines in this nationwide crisis are not between the Republicans and the Democrats. The real party lines in Gun Violence fall between the Living and the Dead. Are you with the Living or with the Dead? What if we need to be with both?
To both the Living & the Dead, we need to offer more than ongoing public displays of political affection. We need to offer real policy change. We need to show the Dead that the loss of their lives is not in vain for it has awoken the Living to living better. We need to show both the Living and the Dead that all have a place in a more perfect Union.
We can do this.
If your concern is that somehow Gun Law Reform is anti-constitutional, let’s clarify that right now. Freedom is not lost by reforming our gun laws. Freedom is gained by creating a safer environment for all with gun laws that can improve standards, educational requirements, and responsibility measures for gun owners.
Gun Law Reforms have worked successfully in many other countries and they can work in the USA too.
Reforms on gun laws and regulations on gun sales are not an infringement of American citizen’s Rights according to the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution. Gun Law Reforms are a refinement and discernment of our interpretation of this amendment.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.– Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
By their very nature, amendments are amendable. Their adaptability of interpretation keeps our constitution vital to the changing times. We need to ask: is our current interpretation of this amendment serving the intentions of the U.S. Constitution?
First of all, what are the intentions of our constitution?
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”– The Preamble to the United States Constitution
The intention (or mandate) of the U.S. Constitution very clearly prioritizes:
Order, Union, Justice, Tranquility, Common Defense, General Welfare, Blessings of Liberty, for Ourselves and our Posterity
If the current legislative interpretation of the 2nd Amendment of our constitution is obstructing these core values and priorities, we clearly need to prioritize and legislate a new interpretation.
It is time for Gun Law Reform in this country.
What should these reforms specifically look like?
That is something we need to hear more directly from our Representatives about. We need our Elected Officials to get in public discussion with educated Gun owners and advocates and come up with something workable together. NOW.