2009-12-04 / Columnists

It's My Turn

An Obituary For Gun Violence
By Liz Bishop-Goldsmith President, Mothers Against Guns

Gun Violence was born out of ignorance with a vengeance when members of this civilized world did not know the difference between right and wrong. Gun Violence secretly invaded communities where poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and mostly those of color reside.

Gun Violence knew that it could not grow in communities where neighbors looked out for one another, or where it would surely end in a quick and sudden death.

Gun Violence moved from community to community until it finally had a residence in every community in this great-civilized country - and beyond.

Drugs and Gangs decided to partner with Gun Violence at a very early age, and together they wreaked havoc on so many lives. Drug addiction and Gang Violence knew that Gun Violence was their best friend and together they were unbeatable, or at least they thought they were! Gun Violence had also become friends with other special interest groups, and many of our elected officials. Gun Violence, Drugs, and Gangs soon realized that as long as they had the special interest groups, and many of our elected officials on their side - they were unstoppable. Common sense did not prevail among the special interest groups because they were more interested in the dollar than they were in saving lives. Some of our self-proclaimed "leaders" and elected officials are finally saying "enough is enough" and forming their own coalitions, instead of reaching out and assisting those grassroots organizations whose members have been crying "enough is enough" for years.

In 1994, Gun Violence took the life of the godson of Liz Bishop-Goldsmith and while writing his obituary - she declared "Enough is enough." She told Gun Violence and "the world" that she would not rest until it stopped destroying the lives of family, loved ones and friends. Gun Violence inspired her to bring together a group of mothers and form "Mothers Against Guns" to wage war against it. Gun Violence knew it had a fight on its hands with that group, and asked Drugs and Gangs to step aside. The battle to fight Gun Violence, Drugs and Gangs began and continues to this day.

It is reported that each year in this great-civilized country, Gun Violence claims at least 30,000 lives, and only God knows how many other lives are lost to Drugs and Gangs. Gun Violence, drug addiction and gang violence realize that they cannot continue on the path of destruction, and are destined to go silently to hell where it belong.

Gun violence leaves to mourn the many precious families whose lives were turned upside down, and the many victims, families, and friends whose lives will forever be scarred from that deadly and brutal act.

Sorrowfully submitted, VICTIMS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS

AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

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