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On January 16, the POTUS outlined a comprehensive program directed at addressing violence in our society. This wasn't a simple ban, full of loopholes, on certain weapons. Mental health, research, background checks, banning those same weapons (- loopholes) and enforcement of laws, current and new, are just the highlights.

January 16, 2013 will long be remembered in the annals of American history, not just for the program unveiled, but for the rapidity as well. To those in Washington spewing impotent excuses about how time consuming your job is-you've just been 'made'.

According to some, this was a BOLD move on the president's part. Yes, it was and Americans are responding. Band-aids and bogus cures for this disease called violence, which some claim doesn't even exist, are no longer acceptable.  

The president called on all of us, urging us to take a stand and speak out.  

WE THE PEOPLE have power, individually and collectively.  

When we stand together, we can kick some wicked ass and change this country, redirecting its' very course in history. Our VOTE matters and if we have to shout, our voices WILL be heard. The American Revolution, Civil War, the equal rights and desegregation battles PROVE we can do what Washington cannot or will not. I tend to lean towards the latter.

Washington needs to hear from us, again and again.  Our senators and representatives seem to have forgotten their priorities. All took an oath to uphold and protect our Constitution, thereby doing the best for the good of all.  

If you aren't sure how to contact your representatives, find that info here.  

You can contact your Senators here.

You'll find email and snail mail addresses, phone numbers and more.  

Personally, I'm contacting every politician in my state.

Washington has played the "divide and conquer" card too many times. This isn't a red or blue issue. It's a LIFE issue. Nor is this about repealing the 2nd amendment. Most, myself included, would be the first to fight a repeal and rightfully so. Anti-violence is NOT anti-gun.This isn't about government tyranny. Here's a slice of reality: if the government sought to oppress the American people, we would never see it coming. In 5 seconds or less, the government would have complete control. Poof!

Forget the racial, sexist, ethnic and religious differences. THOSE are the very reasons we are the land of plenty, as in plenty of diversity. We all experience pain and suffering. We all bleed red.  AMERICA deserves better, our CHILDREN deserve better, WE deserve better.

Washington, you seem to have forgotten who employs you and why.  Until you prove you're worthy of the job, you're on probation. We don't want to have to PINK SLIP you, but we can and if need be, we will.  

Originally posted to New Diarists on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:05 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    I do benefits for all religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. Bob Hope

    by bluebuckeyewmn on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:05:42 PM PST

  •  Nice first post!! (6+ / 0-)

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:13:46 PM PST

  •  Violence in our society includes violent video yet (1+ / 0-)
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    nomandates

    no one seems inclined to alter the culture of violence boys under age 25 seem to immerse themselves. I hear all the time about the countless millions who play violent video games without going out and committing violent acts. That same logic is used by gun owners as well. By the way, according to a survey done in the UK, the US is way down the list when it comes to violent crime.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/...

    "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill

    by Kvetchnrelease on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:22:14 PM PST

    •  I know there are many parts (4+ / 0-)

      that add up to a solution. Some are parts we the people must address. Video games, like movies and TV, can be turned OFF. As a parent, my kids did NOT watch certain things.
      I'll look at the survey. When 3rd world countries are involved, where we place changes.

      I do benefits for all religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. Bob Hope

      by bluebuckeyewmn on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:36:31 PM PST

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  •  What's the point of this diary? (1+ / 0-)
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    What do you want us to tell our congresscritters when we contact them? Do you want them to pass all the suggestions the President made? Seriously. Your way of putting words together aren't direct enough for my brain.

    •  not cool to jump on poster (2+ / 0-)
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      because you personally cannot comprehend what they are saying.

      personally, poster is spot on. Congress is on notice, get it done or be gone. we;ve had enough. is that clear enough for you??

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:05:42 AM PST

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      •  EXACTLY (0+ / 0-)

        Leave it to Congress and they'll forget how to tie their own shoes.  Either WE THE PEOPLE speak loud and clear or all they'll do is fill the seats we paid for in the building we paid for and use all the perks we ultimately pay for.  In short, all of them are lazy in a very arrogant way.

        I do benefits for all religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. Bob Hope

        by bluebuckeyewmn on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:07:13 PM PST

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    •  Apparently diarist wishes for people to (2+ / 0-)
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      rally -- more or less uncritically -- around the President's 16 Jan menu of antiviolence proposals. Despite the writer's assertion that "Anti-violence is NOT anti-gun.", the President's proposal dealt primarily with firearm related regulation.

      Since the norm is "The President proposes, Congress disposes." the primary pressure point is Congress. While it's never inappropriate for citizens to lobby Congress, for diarist to suggest there aren't many legitimately controversial facets to the proposed legislation seems either very partisan or naive.  

      •  Thank you for trying. (0+ / 0-)

        I still don't get the point. The diary seems to say that we need to do something about violence in society. It is my opinion that a lot of the violence has to do with "lack." Lack of food. Lack of safe housing. Lack of jobs. Lack of respect. And easy access to guns to perpetrate that violence. I, personally, would like to see a lack of guns. Actually no guns, if I'm being honest. But, in addition to putting some controls on guns, we really need to start seriously addressing poverty in this country. When people are busy living active, productive lives, there is less violence. I think I'll call my congresscritters and tell them that, while I'm telling them to pass gun control laws.

        •  As I suggested, many facets. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        •  The point is.. (0+ / 0-)

          if we sit back and think our elected politicians will do what needs to be done, it won't happen.  History tells us this all too clearly.  When we ALL talk, they listen. They have no choice.
          I agree with you about poverty. It's unconscionable that in the year 2013, so many are suffering and living a bare existence. This diary is addressing one issue, yet I know there are many more.

          I do benefits for all religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. Bob Hope

          by bluebuckeyewmn on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:27:01 AM PST

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      •  I've long believed (0+ / 0-)

        government can only do so much and this particular issue has many facets that need to be addressed and no, I'm hardly naive. I DO believe every step made in every facet will be done faster and with greater clarity if we all speak our piece.  We can begin changing in our own home by say NO to violence, paying attention to what our children see and hear. This violence is spread thru every cell of our current culture and a mass effort is needed to even attempt change.

        I do benefits for all religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. Bob Hope

        by bluebuckeyewmn on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:13:40 PM PST

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    •  Take it as a reminder to not sit idle (3+ / 0-)
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      once elections are over.  We need to "make" our representatives better while they're legislating, hold them accountable, and let them know we're watching.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:52:14 AM PST

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