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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 21 2012: Basically, there is no reason for anyone to own an assault rifle, unless they are paid to used it.

    You are right Kate, the more any person grows up with violence, through games, movies or home situations, the more likely that one of those will burst and kill.
    The same principle can be applied to pot holes. Thousands of cars might drive through one with no problem. But if a car is bad it may well fall apart and could even kill others. Guns don't kill, they just make it easier for people.

    If, as often comes up in discussions, we want to make this a better world, it should be seen as a first priority to protect a child's innocence. Not to try to create bad stuff because it will sell better.

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