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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thank you President Obama

For the first time in years, I feel hopeful. President Obama raised up the whole country tonight and gave hope to the victims of the horrendous school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. It's the children. It's too much for the country to bear. At church services all over the country today, prayers were uttered in memory of the young lives lost on Friday. At the church I attended, the traditional Christmas children's program started with words of prayer for the children who won't be celebrating Christmas this year with their families.

The country needs healing. President Obama started that process tonight. He was emotional. He was inspirational. His words were perfect for the grieving community. He said we are better than this. He has listened to the voices of the many who have asked him to do something to stop more children from dying in a violent shooting spree. Here are his words:

A friend said tonight that the President's words allowed him to grieve after working for 12 years in the gun violence prevention movement. That is exactly how I feel. Thank you Mr. President. Could common sense actually happen in America?


  1. There has been movement forward in regulating firearms; however, it seems as if more steps have been taken backward.

    I hope that people have finally reached the point of outrage enough to keep the pressure on the politicians to stop making it easier for these outrages to happen.

  2. "For the first time in years, I feel hopeful." Same here, Japete. But it's a hell of a shame it took the deaths of 20 innocent little children to finally wake people up. The near death of a congresswoman wasn't enough. The horror of a movie theater full of people gunned down wasn't enough. Let's hope that real action comes from this awful event.

    Another related article, regarding the President's visit to Sandy Hook today. "What choice do we have?" Obama said. "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?"