Dec 14, 2012: A day of infamy for the gun lobby…20 children and 8 educators gunned down in cold blood

Maybe it’s time to address the gun culture in this country. My position on the subject has certainly changed after Aurora…after Tucson…after Virginia Tech…after Columbine…after the Oregon mall…after Newtown…after so many other senseless shootings that occur daily across this broad land of ours. The Second Amendment to the Constitution was adopted on December 15, 1791, when this was a rural country of farmers and frontiersmen, without the social pressures and crime that exists in 21st century America. It was an 18th century expedient to provide for a ready militia to stand against foreign invasion. We did not have a standing army in 1791; we were not the number one military power in the world on December 15, 1791. The original rational for the Second Amendment has not been a factor in our national security for almost a century, yet there is a vocal segment of our population that rabidly clings to that outdated scripture, and has the rest of us living in constant fear, not of some foreign invader, but of our neighbors, family members, friends, and strangers, many of whom have guns, and in some irrational moment of anger or despair, will do the unthinkable…just because a gun was at hand. Will deaths still occur by other means? Of course, but frame this appeal in terms of all the lives that would be saved; don’t frame it in terms of the far fewer that will still die at the hands of others, as the argument for keeping this insanity going for another century. It’s time for the rest of us to band together and do something about it…enough is enough! If you agree, please get engaged and share this widely.

Lots of love to all this Holiday Season,


Mayors Against Illegal Guns

 “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action
to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

–President Obama

Hours after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed 28 lives, including 20 children, President Obama promised the nation he would take action.
The harsh truth is that we’ve heard this promise before. After Aurora. After Tucson. After Virginia Tech. After Columbine.

Promises are not enough. We need action — and we need your help to make sure that this time the president follows through. Forward this email and ask your friends and family to join more than 300,000 in signing our petition to Demand A Plan:
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34 Americans are murdered with guns every day in America. That means more than 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns in the President Obama’s second term — and he has no plan to address gun violence.

Now is the time to talk about guns. Now is the time to prevent more pointless deaths. Now is the time to Demand A Plan to end gun violence.

Thank you for spreading the word,

Mark Glaze
Mayors Against Illegal Guns