2008-05-09 / Editorial/Opinion

It's My Turn

By Liz Bishop-Goldsmith President Mothers Against Guns

Gun violence is a national and public health epidemic in this country. I continue to be outraged at the continuous flow of illegal guns in our communities, illegal drugs in our communities, and the continuous growth of gangs throughout this great country, and racism - America. What's wrong America, what's wrong? How many wake-up calls do we need to know that "common sense" must prevail? How many more body bags do we need to see before we know that gun violence is an epidemic in this country, and that our "elected officials" are sitting back doing nothing about it at our expense?

A month ago, an alert went out advising drivers to be very cautious if "bumped" by another vehicle, because gang members would be conducting an initiation of new members. If, however, a gang member "bumped" your vehicle and you stopped, they would shoot you - for stopping! Imagine someone's son or daughter committing such a horrific act. How did they get to this point in their life when taking a life means nothing to them? I am outraged that parents, friends, clergy and others know who these individuals are, and simply turn a blind eye. Remaining silent enables these individuals to continue their violent rampages.

Violence, illegal drugs, and gang violence have no place in a civilized society and I appeal to all reading this to stand up and use common sense and say, "enough is enough." Something is terribly wrong when residents in a community fear taking a stand against these horrible elements. Something is terribly wrong with our "elected officials" who travel from country to country telling other people what to do, but they can't stop this madness at home? Something is terribly wrong when a sermon is dissected, and some have the gall to ask the congregants to denounce the pastor, or leave the church. You don't denounce the pastor. He or she is entitled to his or her opinion, just as you are. Was Bill Clinton denounced when he pardoned some hard-nosed criminals? Either you accept what the pastor said, or you use your common sense and reject it, or move on if that's your decision. Our "democratic" candidates for president must focus on, and address the "real" problems (drugs, gangs, and gun violence) and tell the citizens of this country what steps they will take to resolve this mess. We don't need them wasting time dissecting a sermon - or patting themselves on the back! Amen!

This election year, we have those on the federal and state level seeking our vote "to represent us." We're in the mess that we are in now because we keep re-electing those same spineless individuals who made promises to "speak up, speak out, and deliver." If those promises weren't kept and the only thing delivered in your community was pain and more pain, don't vote for them. This year, you have the opportunity to elect a person who will unite not only America, but bring the world together. This year, you have the opportunity to be part of history in the making. We must send a clear message to all the candidates that we've had "enough" of the "status quo." Sometimes we must clean house, and start from the ground up! Surely, we didn't put spineless puppets in office who claim they are representing us, but are only concerned about their paycheck, kick-backs and not the concerns of the constituents they represent.

Phantom organizations in New York City! What a disgrace! Every council member in New York City must be held accountable for phantom funds they distributed to "phantom organizations." New York City taxpayers will accept nothing less! Throughout this city, state and country, there are thousands of legitimate organizations pleading with their elected officials for financial assistance. Legitimate programs do make a difference in a community.

Afterschool programs, boys and girls clubs, senior programs, anti-gun violence programs, etc., provide educational, social and recreational activities that help "prevent the nonsense" to which this "civilized" society is subjected. Taxpayers' money must support the communities of the taxpayer, and taxpayers' money must be used to rid our streets of illegal guns, illegal drugs and gangs.

Yes, I am outraged at this nonsense! Are you?

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