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A life cut too short

http://exotichikes.com/shooting-death-in-yellowstone-from-grant-campground/

A first hand account of a life cut too short. A powerful and heartbreaking post. Every day innocent lives are lost to gun violence and accidental shootings. You are more likely to be killed by a gun if you have a gun in your home. 

So let me get this straight…

History of mental illness, previous gun charges, violent confrontations with police; and yet the Navy Yard shooter was able to legally purchase a gun.

Something has to change. Innocent people are dying because the system is broken.

If you attend a vigil for gun violence, send your extinguished candle to your elected officials. Let them know you won’t stand for one more life being extinguished due to gun violence.

thenonprophet:

2nd Amendment

Time for some modern day common sense.

thenonprophet:

2nd Amendment

Time for some modern day common sense.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Gun Control Group Moms Demand Action Calls For “Skip Starbucks Saturday” This Weekend

Above: Members of Moms Demand Action say they want Starbucks to “get gun sense” and change its policy on firearms. (Photo: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America) 
The Starbucks siren suddenly has a gun to her head.
An advocacy group has called for “Skip Starbucks Saturday” this weekend - a nationwide boycott on Aug. 24, to pressure the coffee giant to amend its current policy, which allows customers to carry loaded guns into Starbucks stores where permitted by state law.
"Many moms are unaware that if they take their children to Starbucks, their children may be standing next to a customer who has a loaded weapon," says Shannon Watts, founder of the non-profit group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She says the group hopes to gather 25,000 signatures to ban guns at all U.S. Starbucks stores. She hopes to personally present the signatures to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
The boycott is an attempt to place the world’s biggest coffee chain - which prides itself on consumer advocacy - in the middle of one of the nation’s hot-button social issues. Most major companies work to steer clear of such issues for fear of antagonizing customers. The boycott is a bid to force Starbucks to re-think its current policy, which it has previously said is gun-neutral, but which anti-gun groups have tagged as pro-gun.
"Our long-standing stance has been to comply with local laws in the communities we serve," says Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson. "We believe gun violence is a serious issue and something our elected officials should address."
Hutson says Starbucks doesn’t want its stores to be used as “staging grounds” for either side of the issue. Even then, he says, “our policy is not changing.”
The move comes less than two weeks after gun rights advocates nationally sponsored a headline-grabbing “Starbucks Appreciation Day,” in which Starbucks customers toted guns into Starbucks stores, where permitted, including the Starbucks store in Newtown, Conn., which opted to close early that day. Critics dubbed the day “Bring Your Gun to Starbucks Day.”
Starbucks currently allows guns in stores in 43 states - where states permit. But Starbucks has the legal right to prohibit firearms in its stores “in the interest of customer safety,” says Kim Russell, national director of outreach for Moms Demand Action.
In May, a female customer at a Starbucks store in St. Petersburg, Fla., was accidentally shot in the leg when another woman dropped her purse - which carried a gun that discharged.
"Starbucks is a progressive company that does a lot for the community," says Russell. "That’s why we hold them to a higher standard."
She notes that Starbucks employees are not permitted to carry guns at work - even in states that allow them to do so.
But because Starbucks has not come down squarely against folks bringing guns into its stores, gun owners have increasingly been using Starbucks as gathering places, Russell says. “We’re just not feeling safe there anymore,” she says.
UPDATE: Here;s the Facebook announcement of “Skip Starbucks Saturday.” 

SEND STARBUCKS A MESSAGE ON SATURDAY: Moms Demand Action is holding its first “Skip Starbucks Saturday” on Aug. 24. Send us your pics while you’re drinking coffee in a gun-safe place (photos@momsdemandaction.org) and sign our petition demanding Starbucks change its gun policy: tinyurl.com/MomsSBpetition #skipstarbucks #gunsense

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Gun Control Group Moms Demand Action Calls For “Skip Starbucks Saturday” This Weekend

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AboveMembers of Moms Demand Action say they want Starbucks to “get gun sense” and change its policy on firearms. (Photo: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America) 

The Starbucks siren suddenly has a gun to her head.

An advocacy group has called for “Skip Starbucks Saturday” this weekend - a nationwide boycott on Aug. 24, to pressure the coffee giant to amend its current policy, which allows customers to carry loaded guns into Starbucks stores where permitted by state law.

"Many moms are unaware that if they take their children to Starbucks, their children may be standing next to a customer who has a loaded weapon," says Shannon Watts, founder of the non-profit group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She says the group hopes to gather 25,000 signatures to ban guns at all U.S. Starbucks stores. She hopes to personally present the signatures to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

The boycott is an attempt to place the world’s biggest coffee chain - which prides itself on consumer advocacy - in the middle of one of the nation’s hot-button social issues. Most major companies work to steer clear of such issues for fear of antagonizing customers. The boycott is a bid to force Starbucks to re-think its current policy, which it has previously said is gun-neutral, but which anti-gun groups have tagged as pro-gun.

"Our long-standing stance has been to comply with local laws in the communities we serve," says Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson. "We believe gun violence is a serious issue and something our elected officials should address."

Hutson says Starbucks doesn’t want its stores to be used as “staging grounds” for either side of the issue. Even then, he says, “our policy is not changing.”

The move comes less than two weeks after gun rights advocates nationally sponsored a headline-grabbing “Starbucks Appreciation Day,” in which Starbucks customers toted guns into Starbucks stores, where permitted, including the Starbucks store in Newtown, Conn., which opted to close early that day. Critics dubbed the day “Bring Your Gun to Starbucks Day.”

Starbucks currently allows guns in stores in 43 states - where states permit. But Starbucks has the legal right to prohibit firearms in its stores “in the interest of customer safety,” says Kim Russell, national director of outreach for Moms Demand Action.

In May, a female customer at a Starbucks store in St. Petersburg, Fla., was accidentally shot in the leg when another woman dropped her purse - which carried a gun that discharged.

"Starbucks is a progressive company that does a lot for the community," says Russell. "That’s why we hold them to a higher standard."

She notes that Starbucks employees are not permitted to carry guns at work - even in states that allow them to do so.

But because Starbucks has not come down squarely against folks bringing guns into its stores, gun owners have increasingly been using Starbucks as gathering places, Russell says. “We’re just not feeling safe there anymore,” she says.

UPDATE: Here;s the Facebook announcement of “Skip Starbucks Saturday.” 

SEND STARBUCKS A MESSAGE ON SATURDAY: Moms Demand Action is holding its first “Skip Starbucks Saturday” on Aug. 24. Send us your pics while you’re drinking coffee in a gun-safe place (photos@momsdemandaction.org) and sign our petition demanding Starbucks change its gun policy: tinyurl.com/MomsSBpetition #skipstarbucks #gunsense

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

ilikediego:

I’m kinda scared now. #mcnair #clutchmode #gunlaws #banglaws #fail

ilikediego:

I’m kinda scared now. #mcnair #clutchmode #gunlaws #banglaws #fail

A Lesson in Compassion

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/21/us/georgia-school-gunshots/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Some might argue that Ms. Tuff and her school would have been safer had she or another member of the school’s staff had a gun. I would argue that had she drawn a weapon that the situation would have escalated immediately. Her bravery and compassion is a lesson for us all. 

Action is STILL Needed

Can you contribute to help MoveOn.org ramp up their efforts to keep the Gun Control Bill intact? Click here to contribute.

"After months of promises that, in the wake of Newtown, this time would be different, congressional Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, are on the verge of caving on the three most critical gun violence prevention proposals: universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and a ban on high-capacity magazines.What’s looking most likely to end up in the final bill? A provision encouraging guns in schools. No, no, no. MoveOn members and our allies have done so much to make real reform possible—with tens of thousands of phone calls, events, lobby visits, letters, and pleas from victims’ families.We’ve come too far to let meaningful gun violence prevention measures be killed by the NRA’s backroom lobbying, Republicans’ perpetual threats of filibustering, and Democrats who won’t stand up and fight.”

One teacher says, “Arm me…”

This is from my cousin David Heller. A middle school teacher and father of three. 

This week some politicians said that they thought it would be a good idea to arm school employees so they could keep our kids safe.

I would love to be armed.

Arm me with class sizes that allow me to really get to know my students and make connections with them to help them grow socially and emotionally as well.

Arm me with other professionals, either school based employees or from other Health and Human Services parts of the government so when I have a concern about a student, I can refer them to a professional with the skills to assist them and know they will get support.

Arm me with time during my work day to complete the non teaching tasks I must complete so I can be at my best every time a group of kids are in front of me.

Arm me with alternative schools and programs so students who are not making it in the traditional classroom can have options where they can be successful and develop into productive citizens.

Arm me with the freedom to teach the best way I know how, rather than by a one size fits all method.

Kids are way different now than they were when I started teaching 21 years ago. Thanks for trying to help me but rather than arming me with a gun, arm me with these things. I know it will cost some money but I kinda think our kids are worth it.
— with David Heller.

powertothepeoplerighton1:

Set aside your grief and find your voice - it’s time we have an honest conversation about gun violence in America. Get contact information for your Senator and Representative here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

Or mail them a letter along with extinguished candles to really drive the point home. 

powertothepeoplerighton1:

Set aside your grief and find your voice - it’s time we have an honest conversation about gun violence in America. Get contact information for your Senator and Representative here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

Or mail them a letter along with extinguished candles to really drive the point home. 

(Source: thosedamnliberals)

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