Asking Saves Kids: Help “Dear Abby” get the message


States United - #GrassrootsGVP Report - June 23, 2017


Asking Saves Kids: help “Dear Abby” get the message.  June 21 was National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day. The ASK Campaign reminds parents and caregivers the importance of asking if there are unlocked guns in the homes where children play. But on ASK day, “Dear Abby” published a column advising a mother to avoid the “offputting” conversation about guns where her kids play. Help “Dear Abby” understand that this uncomfortable conversation can save kids lives.

Silence and inaction unacceptable in the face of gun violence. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., targeting Republican congressmen and their staff on a baseball field, Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) said: “As with any constitutional provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people. … And what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly.” Read the brilliant response from Shira Goodman of CeasefirePA, Pennsylvania’s gun violence prevention group and States United affiliate.

NRA is silent over the verdict in the trial for the death of Philando Castile. The verdict in this case is in, and protests have happened across our country in response. One thing is for sure: Philando Castile is one of the black and brown Americans that has died in disproportionate numbers from a gun in the hands of law enforcement. This happens all too often in our country. But Mr. Castile was also licensed to carry a concealed handgun and this contributed to his death. Yet the corporate gun lobby, who supports public carry, has nothing to say. Check out this video from the Daily Show regarding the NRA’s silence.

Toxic masculinity, domestic violence, and mass shootings. While the corporate gun lobby and gun manufacturers continue to perpetuate harmful notions tied to toxic masculinity, which in part asserts that men must be violent, a common thread in many mass shootings is their link to domestic violence. In 2006, the Alexandria shooter was arrested for domestic battery and discharge of a weapon after reportedly punching his daughter’s friend and shooting at her boyfriend. The charges were dropped, but he later lost custody of his daughter