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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 25 2012: My life is spiraling out of control. The stress is feeding off the maoi's. My own sadness has left me with nothing but hate for those happy. I would like nothing more than to hurt as many innocents as I possibly can. I will buy a rifle and go to the nearest school, no one has a gun there so I will be able to be in absolute control during my final blaze of glory. I will go there, execute as many as I can with my weapon, and die.

    Now the story without an assault rifle.

    My life....as many innocent as i possibly can. I can't use a gun to give me power, and a blade would be too easily overpowered. Instead I will resort to a makeshift weapon. How about a molotov cocktail. With a few chains and some gas i could burn a whole theater alive, brutally killing hundreds more than I would have even if I sprayed a crowd with an entire clip.

    The problem is the violence, not the method. Banning guns wont stop mass killings. Even in the unlikely event a killer couldn't acquire a gun illegally, there are so many legal weapons with much more horrific potential. Evil will not be thwarted by the laws of good, but a rifle in the hand of that teacher could.

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