I am speechless about what to say related to our nation’s most recent human tragedy in Connecticut. So, I am attaching this email I received from a political action group called, Every Child Matters, http://actions.everychildmatters.org. It is one position on gun control. What do you think:
“Does the right to own an assault weapon take precedence over the right of those parents to see their children grow up, and graduate from college, and stand at the alter to be married, and have children of their own?”
Every Child Matters joins the rest of the nation in expressing its sorrow and extending its sympathy to the families of the children, and their adult friends, who were killed in last Friday’s nightmare. The worst fear of parents everywhere is that their child pre-decease them. On Friday the parents of 20 innocents in Newtown experienced the unimaginable—the inconsolable loss of their children at the small town’s elementary school. Millions of Americans join in their shock and heartbreak.
Some are saying this is not the time for politics. They are wrong. This is exactly the moment to counter the gun control politics that intimidate too many of our elected representatives. Children can’t stand up to special interest bullies in Washington, DC. But their parents and grandparents and other adults can. ECM will be joining with children’s groups and others in the days ahead to press lawmakers to embrace comprehensive gun control. This article from the Huffington Post makes a compelling case to act immediately on restoring the federal ban on assault rifles. Working together we can help prevent the Newtown nightmare from occurring again.
Michael Petit, President
Every Child Matters Education Fund
In a related but separate matter—the killing of children–ECM has been pushing legislation to create a national commission to end child abuse deaths—some 2,000 a year. The bill could be voted on in the next 24 hours. Please visit our website and sign a petition telling Congress to adopt the legislation.
Keep Checkin’ in. Byron