As a spiritual person who believes in a power greater than myself and might pray/meditate/contemplate every now and then… I wonder what can I do about gun violence in America today?
I can reframe gun violence to gun peace in my head and heart and soul.
I can resign from the NRA.
I can pray for compromise, negotiation and cooperation between those at the discussion table. I can ask my rabbi, talk with my priest, chat with my minister, counsel with my iman. What do my friends think?
I can demand my politicians stop accepting gun lobby money directly and indirectly regardless of party affiliation. I can help make pro-gun money embarrassing to take and maybe even shameful to consider.
I can advocate for mandatory background checks for all public and private gun sales. Close gun sales loop holes. Register, tax and insure every gun in the USA.
I can write, email, fax, text or call my representatives to support a ban on AR15’s from civilian ownership and designate them as military weapons of mass destruction.
I can talk about updating the 2nd Amendment to reflect real life today. Times change. Guns change. People change. Maybe updated rules, regulations and licenses make sense now. Do gun laws need to evolve and update to protect public safety first and constitutional rights, second.
I can boycott corporations who support gun manufacturers directly and indirectly; overtly and covertly.
I can accept that my right to own a gun does not supersede anyone’s right to be safe.
I can meditate a little bit about the fact since 1968 more than 1.3 million Americans have died from gun violence. That’s more than in ALL of the wars in USA history combined.
I can feel anger and pain and confusion. I can get angry. I can be heard. I can get involved through church or community. I can act up and accept gun violence as a bigger problem in the USA than external terrorist threats.
I can accept that God is calling for my thoughtful and compassionate response. I might pray less. I could act more believing that gun violence is a pro life issue. I might examine my conscience, check my moral imperatives and reconfirm my belief in the value of the Golden Rule.
I can demand gun safety and public health law updates now because we deserve to be feel safe and secure. My kids matter… and so do yours.
I can do some or all of this simply because I believe it’s the right thing to do.
Peace be with you!