Posted on August 24, 2012
Over the past month, mass shootings have devastated families nationwide, from Aurora, Colorado to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, College Station, Texas and, now, New York City. With a shocking frequency, these shootings affirm the terrible reality in America today: that gun violence can and does happen anywhere and at any time, all across the United States.
Until our national leaders address this crisis in a meaningful way — with real national dialogue about meaningful solutions to stop the violence — 32 Americans will continue to be murdered every day. Until we have a real national discussion about this issue, locations that once seemed like safe places to live our lives — movie theaters, places of worship, college campuses, national landmarks — will instead serve as reminders of the ever-present threat of gun violence.
Americans want the violence to stop, but do our leaders have the courage to listen?