SEEKING UNITY & HEALING IN 2021 by Toni Wellen, CAGV, Chair Emeritus
Do we live in a culture that is inherently violent? Will you ever forget the images of January 6, 2021, a lawless mob attacking our nation’s capitol, some with firearms? Now in order to inaugurate a new president, we are fortifying the nation’s capitol and state capitols. Last month I wrote, “When you have a society that loses respect for the rule of law, you lose the values on which our nation was founded.”
We saw an armed mob break into our Capitol on January 6, an image we will never forget. We must begin to question the violence that permeates our nation. Violence is not a solution. It is a problem. Violence doesn’t solve issues; but rather, it creates more division, anger and grief.
We certainly have more firearms per person than any other first world country. Why do so many Americans want guns? In the last four decades the NRA has pushed its “guns everywhere” agenda and weakened our nation’s gun carrying laws. Today, three million Americans carry loaded handguns in public every day. 47 states allow for open carrying of guns in public places, with many states allowing individuals to openly carry assault rifles at protests, into state capitol buildings, and in front of polling places. Continue reading “SEEKING UNITY & HEALING”