In Honor of Our Children: Working For Safer Gun Laws Is My Personal Plan For Respecting Life

24 Feb

February 27 would have been my Mom’s birthday.  I have thinking about her so much since the latest school shooting. My Mom taught school for 30 years. Most of the time she taught fourth grade. There are some families for whom she taught multiple generations of children.

I also work in a school. It focuses on helping students who do not learn well in a traditional school setting. We have children who have anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, extremely brilliant children, bullied children, those on the autism spectrum, gay children, transgender children, depressed children, all special, all worthy and all needing an extra boost.  And I wonder how we will continue to keep all children safe from the outrageous behavior coming from the adults in our country.

I have been wondering what my Mom would think of all this gun violence and what she would do if she was still alive. Our family nickname for my Mom was ‘Norma Rae.’ This was based on the Sally Field character in the movie of the same name. Norma Rae had enough at her job and becomes a labor activist. She makes a difference.

My Mom might not have been a labor activist, but she never stayed quiet if she saw a wrong. She also made a difference. She taught me to speak up and speak out!  Maybe it is because she knew the tragedy of mass murder, since two of her grandparents and many family members were murdered in the Shoah. Or maybe it was because she learned from example. Her parents were strong willed people who came to the USA on their own in the 1920s with nothing, and built a business, a life and a family.

I believe my Mom would not have remained silent right now. So to those who have asked me who I am working for politically. I am not working for anyone. Rather I am working for every child who goes to school. I will keep calling my legislators. I will keep supporting organizations that combat gun violence. I will keep posting about topics that upset me, that I think are wrong. And I will not remain silent.

Dante wrote in his famous poem, “The Infernal,” that the hottest place in hell is for those who remain silent in times of moral crisis.  I will not remain silent. I feel my Mom with me and I feel her fire and passion for her students.

We really need to keep our children safe and let them know they are loved, special, unique and worthy.  How do we do that?

First there are about 5,000,000 members of the NRA. But there are over 325,000,000 citizens of the USA! Easy to see that 320,000,000 Do Not belong to the NRA. The NRA uses its money to buy our legislators by lobbying and giving them so much money for their campaigns.

We, the people, need to STOP this NOW!

1. Do not buy from companies that support the NRA. A boycott has started, and I will support it.

2. Give money to legislators who promise to fight for safe gun laws and the banning of assault weapons and items that boost these weapons to more dangerous levels.  I plan to continue to do this.

3. Let us work to get a ban on ammunition used in these killing guns.

4. Do Not vote for elected officials on any level of government who is financially indebted to the NRA.

5. Reject the NRA’s messages of hatred and divisiveness. I do not dislike people who own guns. I just dislike certain types of guns.

6. We have to put our money where our heart is and use it effectively. I am for a buy back of all assault weapons. I understand they cost about $600. I will give $1800 to buy back three. This amount calls out to me because 18 is the numerical value of the Hebrew word chai, life. I would give a hundred times life to save one life.

7. Let us insist they tighten the laws surrounding gun sales and the raffling off of guns as fundraisers. People should not be allowed to buy guns at gun shows and privately without background checks.

8. Tighten the laws surrounding background checks. We see they are failing us right now.

9. Increase funding for mental health care. Our government is supporting a cut to health care for all. The only industrialized nation that dies not provide health care for its citizens!  Let us work to change this.

10.  Keep calling and writing my elected officials to express my views on gun control laws and health care laws.

11. Support an organization that works to counter gun violence, like Grandparents Against Gun Violence, https://moksgagv.org, Gabby Giffords group Americans For Responsible Solutions https://giffords.org, Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence http://www.bradycampaign.org.

12. Be KIND!  There is too much divisiveness and hateful speech right now.  Use your words for good.

I will be wearing this pin that says Chai to remind myself to work for life.

Working for safer gun laws is my personal plan to respect life.

9 Responses to “In Honor of Our Children: Working For Safer Gun Laws Is My Personal Plan For Respecting Life”

  1. Amy February 24, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    Great post, and I agree 100%. I would add one more thing to your list—donate to one of the many anti-gun violence organizations out there—Brady, Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and many others—including my personal favorite, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, where my daughter is the executive director. It is only through an organized front that we can battle the NRA. We need leadership to keep us all active and vocal and effective. Only with organization can we make our voices loud enough and persistent enough to create a change in the laws and in our society. Thanks, Ellen, for a great post!

    • zicharon February 24, 2018 at 9:26 am #

      I will add that now. I do if course support one.

      • zicharon February 24, 2018 at 9:35 am #

        Ok. Updated! Proud of your daughter for working on this important issue!

      • Amy February 24, 2018 at 10:22 am #

        Great! I am going to reblog your post.

      • Amy February 24, 2018 at 10:23 am #

        I am so proud of her also!

  2. Amy February 24, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    Reblogged this on Brotmanblog: A Family Journey and commented:
    Please read this thoughtful and passionate post about the issue of gun violence. If you, like so many of us, are horrified and heartbroken by the numbers of people killed by guns in this country, I hope you will take some of the steps suggested here. I would add one more group to the list of organizations to support, especially if you live in New York State, and that is New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, where my daughter Rebecca Fischer is the executive director.

    • zicharon February 24, 2018 at 10:28 am #

      Thank you! I went for mostly national organizations. So glad that Rebecca works to stem this violence! You have to be so PROUD!

      • Amy February 24, 2018 at 10:33 am #

        I am! She is so dedicated and hard-working—I admire her determination and commitment.

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