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Kate Jones

Partner, Institute for the Advancement of Service

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The time is NOW for people to stand up and say 'No More Assault Weapons" and not wait for the government to legislate the change.

Change starts when people change, not when governments legislate change. Think back to the days when driving drunk was socially acceptable, no matter who died in the process. Then Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) formed. The rest is history.

The time is 'now o'clock'. We will change our resopnse to violence and stop purchasing violence video games as gifts for our children, and stop patronizing films that promote violence, mayhem and murder. Glorifying the horrific has become the norm.

What happened in Newtown, CT should never happen again.

Remember Mahatma Ghandi's words: "Be the change you want to see in the world". The time is now o'clock!

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    Dec 18 2012: John, I agree w/ you in part. Senator Feinstein introduced legislation in 1994 that banned assault weapons. That law expired in 2004. She will be re-introducing an updated version of that bill, which I am sure will pass. That will be the legislative solution. What about the social mores and the catalyst of change? I guarantee you that change will not come through legislation. Change happens in the hearts and minds of pepole.

    What I am addressing is a change of attitude. I am responsible for my attitude. You are responsible for yours. Neither one of us is responsible for the attitude of any 'redneck mobile' (your words).

    Real change happens internally.

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