Recently, my husband and I travelled to Washington, DC with the Newtown Action Alliance, accompanied by a sizable group of high school students associated with the Junior NAA. These students, many of whom are AP students, gave up two days out of their busy fall schedules to meet with members of Congress and advocate for background checks to help reduce gun violence in our country.
I firmly believe in our Second Amendment rights. I also come from a family of gun-owners and believe that, in certain circumstances, guns can absolutely save lives. However, the recent news of multiple organizations hosting “Guns Save Lives Day” on December 14th, of all days possible, is extremely worrisome. It seems like no fluke that they would happen to choose this particular day (of the 365 they could have chosen from).
The Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and DefendGunRights.com have announced they will join together with other groups to sponsor Guns Save Lives Day on December 14, the first anniversary of 12/14, “because crazy people, criminals and gun control extremists prefer unarmed victims,” the trio of organizations announced by way of a joint press release on October 10.
Because of my deep Southern heritage, and knowing the significance behind the term “a Jim Crow,” I was shaking in anger upon reading Bill Stevens’ letter [“Jim Crow Comes To Newtown,” Letter Hive, 8/30/13] regarding our town.