Member Blogs > ten pound island book companyA Public Service Announcement Regarding the Color Orange

  • Sun, 31 May 2015 04:20:14    Permalink
    As you may know, I've been involved in the American Gun Wars since 1992, when my eighteen-year-old son was shot and killed on his college campus, randomly targeted by a mentally disturbed fellow student. So, when I realized National Gun Violence Awareness Day was coming up I thought I'd take a break from the usual commercially driven bibliographic obsessions that characterize this blog, and insert a public service announcement.Tuesday June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. On Tuesday, you can demonstrate your solidarity with those who wish to put a stop to gun violence by wearing orange. Just like St. Patrick's Day. A little splash of the color will do. And they already make orange beer, even though they call it "amber."Check out the three dozen supporting organizations at the bottom of the “wear orange”website.  This is no flash fashion show!As the announcement on FaceBook says, On June 2, people across the country will wear orange to honor all those who have been killed -- and inspire action to stop the gun violence that takes too many lives in America.Why orange? It's a color that symbolizes the value of human life. Hunters wear orange to alert other hunters that they're there -- as a way to take care of their own life and the lives of others. Now, we're turning orange into a symbol for the value of human life everywhere.Now, I'm only too aware that gun-cultists regard such talk as just another commie-liberal-homo-feminist conspiracy to curtail their God-given Second Amendment rights. But as Jim Jefferiessays, “It's called an 'amendment.' If you can't change something that's called 'an amendment'... maybe you need a thesaurus more than you need a Constitution. If you don't know what a thesaurus is, get a dictionary and work your way forward.”In fact, nitwits, I don't want to take your guns. I just want you and your nitwit buddies to recognize my God given right. To life – which trumps any of your "amendments.”If a waiting period or other common sense safeguards had been in place in 1992, my son would be alive today.

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