Groups working to reduce gun violence ALWAYS NEGLECT to oppose war and military violence, which set the tone for gun violence within the U.S.

Just now I responded to an e-mail survey sent out by a prominent nationwide non-profit org that works to reduce gun violence throughout the U.S. They asked what their top priority should be. I said they should work to stop all of the U.S.’s war’ and de-militarize our foreign policy.

I told them that the U.S.’s addiction to war and military violence create a culture that assumes shooting people is a good way to solve problems. The U.S.’s persistent militarism sets the tone for gun violence within the U.S.

This really is “the elephant in the room” that the anti-gun groups ALWAYS IGNORE.

If you work with a non-profit org that is working to reduce gun violence, please urge them to see the larger context – the bi-partisan consensus that enthusiastically supports and extravagantly funds military violence and weapons. Just a few days ago the U.S. House of Representatives (with a big Democratic majority) passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) at a humongous record-high level. Electing Democrats will NOT save us as long as our nation is addicted to militarism.

We need to address militarism head-on, stop the U.S.’s addiction to war, and de-militarize our nation’s culture and our foreign policy!

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org