Four countries that have nearly eliminated gun deaths

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Author: Coral Springs Talk from Coral Springs, United States.

Anyone who believes that all human beings are hopelessly and incurably aggressive and that nothing can be done to halt the growing number of mass shootings in this country should read Chris Weller’s article in Business Insider.

And please don’t try to tell me we the people can’t move our country in the same  directions as Australia, the UK, Norway, and Japan if we become more active, more educated about political candidates, more willing to speak out on behalf of nonviolence, more willing to speak truth to power.  No community, however rich or white, can be safe from gun violencse while the NRA owns such a large percentage of our Congress.   Do you care about your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews? if so, maybe it is time for you to become a gun control activist.

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2 Responses to Four countries that have nearly eliminated gun deaths

  1. Dot Walsh says:

    This is from The Charter of Compassion written by Marilyn Turkovich, the Director

    “Here in Australia, I have been accepting condolences for the mass shooting that took place in Florida this past week. People are kind and don’t ask too many questions. I’m afraid that they just expect that the U.S. is a violent place. Three decades ago, Australia abandoned the idea of “self-defense” as a legitimate reason for applying for a gun license. Legislation followed the killing of 35 people by a gunman in 1996. With restricted ownership there has not been another mass shooting. Let’s not argue that Australia is a less populated country. Let’s not go there. As a global organization, the Charter for Compassion is against any forms of violence and war. There is NO reason that an individual can legally purchase a semi-automatic weapon. There is no reason that a president of a country that has suffered 30 mass killings in 45 days of 2018 can speak to the people he represents following the Florida incident and not mention gun control, or indicate that researchers have found that people with mental illness are no more likely to be violent than anyone else.”

  2. kathiemm says:

    Dear Dot, Thank you for sharing the words of Marilyn Turkovich, Director of the Charter of Compassion in Australia. It is a poignant and thought-provoking message with an important truth (a truth bases on facts, not a fake truth)–that the mentally ill are more violent than the rest of the population. Indeed, if we want to identify the principal perpetrators of violence in American society, I think we need to point at the people who profit from the mass sale of weapons, the people who promote feelings of terror in order to increase their profits, and the people with the power to promote an American military presence around the world in order to increase their own wealth.

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