In July 2018 Trump proposed something that would INCREASE GUN VIOLENCE IN OTHER COUNTRIES. His proposal would INCREASE crime and terrorism and violence by oppressive governments. Trump proposes moving export license oversight for firearms from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce. This is not merely a benign reshuffling of bureaucratic functioning. It would create the illusion that firearms are just another commercial commodity for the Department of Commerce to rubber-stamp its approval in support of promoting exports from U.S. businesses. Actually, firearms are TOOLS OF VIOLENCE that criminals, terrorists and dictators use for violating other people’s human […]
Many years ago the National Rifle Association (NRA) was an organization that served — and was funded by — hunters, target shooters, etc. Over the years most of the NRA’s budget has become funded by gun manufacturers rather than ordinary people. Those corporations want to sell more and more guns. That is why even though many gun owners support responsible laws to reduce gun violence, the NRA (funded by gun manufacturers) lobbies and donates to politicians’ campaigns in order to PREVENT SENSIBLE LAWS that most gun owners actually support. A few years ago Congress was considering legislation to limit sales […]
As you know, I read a huge amount of information. Thom Hartmann’s article at the link below consolidates much solid information into CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT information that the American people need to understand. Trump and Trumpism are imposing horrible authoritarianism upon the U.S. This is an extremely serious — actually existential — danger to American freedom and constitutional democracy. Trump’s authoritarianism abuses many aspects of American society. The article below connects many of the issues we care about, including peace, social justice, environment/climate, economics, and so forth. The article ends with a call for nonviolent organizing to rise up against Trump’s […]
Embedded very deeply in our American culture — and many other nations’ cultures too — is an assumption that is embedded so deeply that nobody recognizes it, let alone challenge it. The assumption is this: It is OK if what I do kills people, so long as I’m making money from what I do. At the surface level — the explicit level — if you were to ask people whether it is moral to kill other people, they would say “no.” But below the surface — at the implicit level — our society tolerates behaviors that knowingly kill people because […]
A mother with a concealed carry permit dropped her gun and accidentally killed her 2-year-old daughter. Read article at this link: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/4/24/1759600/-Mother-with-concealed-carry-permit-drops-gun-and-accidentally-kills-2-year-old-daughter?detail=emaildkre A gun-trained Stoneman Douglas teacher is facing charges after leaving his gun in a public bathroom at a beach. Read article at this link: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/4/12/1756464/-Gun-trained-Stoneman-Douglas-teacher-facing-charges-after-leaving-his-gun-in-a-public-bathroom?detail=emaildkre
We are committed to vigorous grassroots organizing to abolish nuclear weapons. A smart strategy is to link this issue to other hot issues that people care about. I wrote – and am attaching – 3 flyers that accomplish this. See these 3 links: Stop gun violence — Stop nuclear weapons Climate crisis and nuclear weapons are two existential threats.docx Many scientists oppose nuclear weapons We could replicate this kind of strategy for other issues we are working on. I printed hundreds of copies and handed out (and recruited some other volunteers to hand out) a great many copies of the […]
This article came out some years ago (in 2012), but it is still relevant now. Our demands have been far too modest. Rabbi Michael Lerner says that even BANNING guns does not go far enough. We need PROFOUND NONVIOLENCE. Banning All Guns is Necessary but NOT Sufficient. We ALSO need a fundamental transformation of consciousness both inner and social. See the article at this link: https://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2012/page/3/
A non-profit organization, the Center for American Progress, offered this informative set of information in March 2018. See their fact sheets, action suggestions and short videos at this link: https://www.americanprogress.org/series/6-ways-to-reduce-gun-violence-in-america/view/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=progReport
Stop gun violence — Stop nuclear weapons The link immediately above says this: Guns are designed to kill one person or dozens. Nuclear weapons are designed to kill millions or hundreds of millions. Guns and nuclear weapons are rooted in similar problems: • Anger and fear cause someone to shoot a gun – and also to build and launch nuclear weapons. • A temporary impulse can shoot a gun – or start a nuclear war. • Big business corporations build guns and nuclear weapons for profits. • Manufacturers of guns and nuclear weapons bribe and lobby Congress to continue building […]
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fatal-police-shootings-in-2015-approaching-400-nationwide/2015/05/30/d322256a-058e-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html?wpisrc=al_alert-national We keep seeing statistics about the huge number of police shootings. This article came from several years ago. The slaughter will continue until the public insists on changing public policy in several ways.
Conservatives often misunderstand or distort the problems in our society, and they draw upon distorted values, so they tend to propose remedies that widely diverge from practical solutions to our society’s problems. Here are 4 stupid remedies conservatives have proposed for reducing gun violence in schools: https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/4-conservatives-ideas-preventing-gun-violence-instead-gun-control?akid=16759.2186.DjFJIn&rd=1&src=newsletter1089105&t=4 Thoughtful, humane people need to reject such remedies and organize at the grassroots for remedies that will draw upon society’s best values and valid evidence-based research about what works and what does not work. We also need to organize against the Gun Lobby’s deliberate campaigns to mislead the public and dominate government.
When mass shootings occur, many politicians try to shift attention away from the gun and blame the shooter for mental illness. Yes, our society should provide more adequate funding and services for mental health. But the problem is not “mental illness” per se. The problem is ANGER. Our society needs to explore and implement a wide variety of ways to reduce anger throughout our society. Consider this article about ANGER: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/04/anger_causes_violence_treat_it_rather_than_mental_illness_to_stop_mass_murder.html Do not let gun supporters avoid responsibility for the too-easy access to guns. They want to blame mentally ill persons. Instead, we must reduce access to guns, so consider […]
The gun lobby and other conservatives have grossly misled the American people about what the Second Amendment really means. In order to reduce gun violence — and reduce the power of the gun lobby — decent people must change the public’s misconceptions about it. The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment says: “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.” Some years ago Warren Burger, the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (who happened to be conservative) understood the reality and wrote […]
Nonviolence is more than ethical. It is very practical too. Our community, nation and world have serious problems that can be solved only by Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing. Therefore, I’m offering a practical series of 6 interactive workshops with plenty of handouts. These workshops can empower you and others to organize nonviolently at the grassroots to solve problems and make our world a better place. The participants could be interested in a variety of issues, or I could adapt the series to focus on one issue (e.g., abolishing nuclear weapons, or creating universal single-payer health care, or raising the minimum wage […]
A number of good organizations are working to reduce gun violence. Also, we have posted some information to the “Guns” part of www.olympiafor.org