US Militarism Fuels Domestic Gun Violence

Overwhelmingly, the American people want to reduce gun violence.  Smart people urge Congress and state/local governments to pass specific legislation banning assault weapons, requiring background checks, preventing dangerous people from owning guns, and so forth.  All of those are good ideas and necessary.

But nearly all people who want to reduce gun violence OVERLOOK “THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM” that persistently REINFORCES AND PROMOTES gun violence:  THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S FOREIGN POLICY AND BUDGET AGGRESSIVELY PROMOTE SHOOTING (and bombing) in THE MISTAKEN ASSUMPTION THAT VIOLENCE SOLVES PROBLEMS.

The government SETS A BAD EXAMPLE that ordinary Americans follow when they shoot people in a vain attempt to solve their problems.

WE MUST CHANGE U.S. foreign policy to TRULY PROMOTE PEACE INSTEAD OF MILITARY VIOLENCE!

Just like we must DE-FUND THE POLICE and use the savings to fund programs that would really reduce crime, we must DE-FUND THE PENTAGON and fund programs that would really reduce gun violence.

 

Massachusetts Peace Action (www.passpeaceaction.org) is a very savvy organization that works for peace.  I agree with an article they posted in June 2022 that reinforces my thinking.  See their article here:

https://masspeaceaction.org/us-militarism-fuels-domestic-gun-violence/?emci=2e6fb3be-3ceb-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&emdi=de4d3f0d-c4ec-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&ceid=310223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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