Charleston mass shooting remind us to stop easy access to guns (letter)
June 20, 2015
I want to live in a loving country, not a land where white supremacist groups are increasing in membership, where law enforcement kills without due consideration, where our President is stopped in his efforts to make guns less easily available. I'm tired of the heartbreaking mass slayings of innocents in a country that should be a leader in peace and acceptance. I do not want to believe that hearts and minds are growing smaller and that intolerance and prejudice are on the rise.
Recently, our community showed its support for the people of Langtang Village, Nepal, which was destroyed by the earthquake, by supporting Doctors to the World. It is extremely heartening to see such care, concern, and action from our community for a critical cause. It is a blessing to live in a loving community. We can reach across the world to help, so let's reach toward our President to help decrease access to guns in this country. My hope is that we can take action to stop easy access to guns and make our country a safer home for everyone.
The issue of hate and intolerance is more difficult to address but there are movements and organizations working to create a more loving, accepting country — look them up, if you haven't already, and support their efforts. I know I am going to step up my efforts in the wake of our most recent heartbreak at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. As we all know, tears alone will not bring about change.
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