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STEP INTO THE GAP

On May 12, 1961 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. John Lewis, an African-American seminary student and Albert Bigelow a World War II veteran and white Freedom Rider were viciously attacked as they attempted to enter a whites-only waiting area. Two days later in Anniston Alabama a vicious mob of about 200 people bombed a Greyhound bus and brutally beat the Freedom Riders as they fled the burning bus. Later that day in Birmingham Alabama a Trailways bus carrying another group of Freedom Riders was meant with a similar fate These Freedom Riders were aware of the dangers they would encounter and over several months they were attacked repeatedly yet they persevered so that the racist practice of segregated bus terminals would come to end and in the fall of 1961 their perseverance bore fruit as the  Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulations that prohibited the segregation of interstate transit.

THE FREEDOM RIDERS STEPPED INTO THE GAP.

Liu Xiaobo was a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate from China who through nonviolent protests fought against communist one-party rule in China. For his efforts he was imprisoned in 1989 to 1991, 1995 to 1996, 1996 to 1999 and 2009 until his release in 2017 after he had been diagnosed with liver cancer. He died less than 3 weeks after his release. Despite his multiple imprisonments he continued to fight until his death for the betterment of the Chinese people.

LIU XIAOBO STEPPED INTO THE GAP.

Razan Zaitouneh was a Syrian Human rights activist who was involved in the Syrian uprising. She acted as a lawyer for political prisoners, was one of the founders Human Rights Association in Syria and the Syrian Human Rights Information Link through which she reported about Syria human’s rights violations. Razan Zaitouneh worked tirelessly for years to bring light to Syria’s oppress regime despite the obvious dangers involved with doing so. On December 9 of 2013 she was kidnapped and has not been seen since, presumed to have been killed.

RAZAN ZAITOUNEH STEPPED INTO THE GAP.

Michael Todd has been getting bullied at his new school since the year began. He would wear the same clothes every day and students at MLK College Preparatory School would make fun of him for it. High school football players Kristopher Graham and Antwann Garrett didn’t just go along with their class mates to be part of the crowd and on September 10, 2019 they surprised Michael with a bag full of bags full of shirts, shorts and shoes and apologized to him for previously laughing at him.

KRISTOPHER GRAHAM AND ANTWANN GARRETT STEPPED INTO THE GAP

Everyday countless number of individuals step into the gap. But sadly many in a position to do the most good lack the courage to step into the gap Last week at church my pastor preached to us from the book Ezekiel 22:30 “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.

In Bible times, cities had walls around them to help defend them from attack. Broken parts of the wall created a physical gap in the city’s ability to protect itself from invading armies.  In this Bible verse, because there is a gap in the wall, God is looking for someone to step in and guard the broken, vulnerable territory.

Today God is still looking for us to step in and guard the broken and the vulnerable. Victims of violence, oppression, discrimination, bigotry.  Those who are denied fundamental human rights such as medical care, food and shelter and education. Yet when we turn our eyes to Washington D.C. we find there are far too many concerned with their own self, maintaining their power and reaping the benefits that come along with it than with stepping into the gap.  We see children, the Lord’s most innocent souls, gunned down in mass shootings yet no action has been taken to enact sensible gun control to protect them. We see mothers and fathers working two and three jobs, sixty and seventy hours a week yet still unable to earn enough money to put a roof over or adequately feed their families. Yet at every opportunity the very social programs designed to help them through these troubled times are slashed, and more and more money is appropriated to building weapons of war.  Racism is unbelievably on the rise again in this country but far too many in power either pretend it doesn’t exist and simply ignore it or worse tacitly give their approval, so they can appeal to a base of unenlightened individuals they believe will allow them to maintain their power. Education budgets are cut and college tuition soars while tax breaks for the wealthy are passed into law. Prescription drugs prices rocket, inflating the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies while the affordable care act remains under constant attack. The gap between the haves and have not continues to expand as CEOs take home millions and workers struggle to survive yet steadfast opposition to raising the minimum wage continues.

We are witnessing the abject failure of the very individuals we have tasked with stepping in the gap. However, it is never too late as a people to change things.  United each of our whispers becomes a mighty roar for change. We can demand that change takes place and we can start at the voting booth. We can educate ourselves on the issues and not let some 24-hour news network “opinion” show host skew our perception of reality. We can protest racism and social injustice and when those in power try to change the narrative and quiet us we can roar louder.  We can rise as one and let our voices be heard.  We can let them know that it is we not them who are the coalition of the many and if they won’t stand in the gap we surely will find someone who will!

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Listen to the sound of gun fire killing innocent people over and over again.

Washington D.C 

Are you listening?

Are you watching?

How many more have to die?

How many more children do we have to bury?

Stop with the excuses and just listen and watch the sound of gun fire senselessly  killing innocent people over and over again

We are tired

We don’t want your prayers and condolences anymore

We don’t want to see you accepting large donations from and on behalf of the NRA anymore 

We don’t want to see you pandering to the guns and god crowd anymore

We want to see you grow a backbone and take action

We want to see you enact real and meaningful gun control laws now

Stop with the excuses and just listen and watch the sound of gun fire senselessly  killing innocent people over and over again

If you can’t do that. If you can’t even attempt to protect us I suggest you shut up, sit down and move aside for someone who can!

Prayers and Condolences…Return to Sender

B0BD3CA7-2CA6-4A90-A4A9-066B24BB9A4A‪This letter is being returned to sender due to the lack of true caring for my innocent children. Prayers and condolences will sadly not restore their vibrant life force among you. Rather it appears to be a way for you to assuage your feelings of guilt for your failure to act in a proactive matter to prevent yet another mass shooting and please do question my intelligence with lines such as it’s not guns it’s mental illness when this type of thing happens only in your country. Instead of prayers and condolences for those tragically lost to gun violence maybe you should pray for help in finding the conviction within yourselves to draft a comprehensive gun law.

 

The killing of our innocent

‪For every decision there is a consequence and humans frequently rely on flawed logic to justify illogical decisions. ‬

‪There can be no debate that it is illogical for America to cling to the belief that the founding fathers believed ownership of guns should go basically unchecked in today’s society. With the advances in weaponry not to mention the obsolete true intent of the amendment being a well regulated militia to serve as a check upon a standing army. Something no “militia” armed with guns, no matter how high powered, in today’s world would be able to serve as a formidable foe against say an F-16 fighter jet. ‬

‪The consequence of America decision to not take real action on the subject of gun control is the continued wave of mass shootings it endures. Something unique to America among developed countries in the world. No mass shooting is without its pain but none is sadder than when the life of a young innocent is tragically taken from us far before their time. Politicians will tweet and stand in front of the cameras offering prayers and condolences. But that does little to ease the heartbreak of a parent who stands over the coffin of their child tears in their eyes wondering why. ‬

‪Every decision has a consequence isn’t it time we decide to put a stop to this madness and implement real gun control policies. ‬

Prayers of condolences. The response from up high

Things that make you go hmmm

What if God answered our prayers out loud. Would it sound like this.

Whoa whoa another moment of silence, another prayer asking for condolences for lost ones coming in from the American Senate. I am angered that my innocent children continue to lose their lives and you willfully choose not to use the intelligence I blessed you with to try and stop it. A child could see the obvious your country has more gun violence because your country has more guns it’s not that difficult to figure out. So stop using me as an excuse to not take action and take action. Prayers of condolences will not bring back the life of my children who were lost. Serious action on your part will prevent another one from losing theirs.

Tell me again what well regulated militia did he belong to?

‪With so many guns I wondered what well regulated Militia the Las Vegas shooter belonged to but the news never reported it.

America wake up!

The false interpretation of the 2nd amendment. The belief that our very freedom depends on our so called constitutional right to own a gun is a straight out lie. What our freedom depends on is our ability to protect ourselves and our young from harm. The very founding fathers who wrote the constitution understood this believing that the purpose of government was to protect life, liberty, and property from what they called the depravity of human nature and what can be more depraved than the actions of the Las Vegas shooter and the many who came before him. Research shows that America leads developed nations by a wide margin in gun related deaths largely because guns are much more accessible here and where guns are accessible those who are depraved will obtain them.

We must act now and put a stop to this madness. We must get serious about gun control in this country. Poll after poll shows the majority of Americans support stronger gun control now we must let Washington know that with our voices at the voting booths. We must counter the money of special interest determined to not only keep the status quo but to roll back the few regulations we have now over the lives of the innocent and that is a lot of money to counter. In the 2014 midterm elections the NRA’s own super PAC and 501c4 political organization which can run its own political campaign. combined spent more than $27 million dollars. They upped the ante in 2016 betting on Donald Trump and six Republican Senate candidates locked in highly competitive race spending $50.2 million, or 96 percent of its total outside spending, into these races, and lost only one.

We can choose to continue living like this, offering our condolences, praying for the families who lost loved ones, offering calls for unity while stating now is not the time for a political debate on guns and then moving on with our lives until it happens all over again or we can choose to stop the madness and get serious about gun control.

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Time to seriously deal with America’s gun problem.

On the heels of the deadliest shooting in American history. This is what FOX News and conservatives are concerned about / protecting the NRA from Hilary Clinton’s criticism.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/02/las-vegas-shooting-clinton-blasts-nra-fellow-dems-renew-call-for-gun-control-after-attack.html

Now before you respond by saying she started it by making it political we as a country have to be angry that we continue to see innocent lives taken from us way to early at the hands of guns. America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world, more than 1500 mass shootings than Sandy Hook alone and America far and always leads developed countries in gun related death in comparison to just two other countries America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada, and nearly 16 times as many as Germany. Meanwhile The National Rifle Association took a historic gamble in 2016, and it paid off in a huge way. The gun rights group placed multimillion-dollar bets on Donald Trump and six Republican Senate candidates locked in highly competitive races. It poured $50.2 million, or 96 percent of its total outside spending, into these races, and lost only one.

The time is over for politicians offering their condolences and prayers to the families of the victim. The time is over for using the excuse that now is now the time to bring up the gun issue now is a simply a time for healing. Now is not the time for offering up lame one liners like guns don’t kill people people kill people. Now is the time to face the truth that the US is an outlier on gun violence because it has way more guns than other developed nations. The NRA gives millions of dollars to Senators and Congressperson to ensure that doesn’t change. Yes now is a time of healing but the only way we will truly heal is to combat this problem and if that means calling out groups like the NRA so be it.