Politicians and Activists Gathered To Talk Gun Control

Politicians and Activists Gathered To Talk Gun Control
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The term “gun control” is pretty politically charged. It’s why we hear terms like “gun safety” and “anti-violence” instead. It’s because it’s pretty hard to rail against safety or seemingly in support of violence.


They know that the word “control” is troubling for many Americans. We don’t like to be controlled. We don’t like being told we can’t do things or that we must do other things. We’re free, for crying out loud. That means we don’t take orders from our government.

So, they changed the term. Or, more accurately, they tried to.

We all know what it is, so when a bunch of politicians and activists get together and say they’re going to talk gun safety, we know what’s up.

Six lieutenant governors from across the country joined gun violence prevention advocates to share their stories and offer solutions at a policy discussion event Tuesday.

The Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association hosted the gun violence prevention policy summit, which was the first event of its kind. The DLGA partnered with the gun violence prevention advocacy groups Everytown for Gun Safety, March for Our Lives and Giffords, as well as the labor union American Federation of Teachers, for the event.

Many of the speakers were survivors of gun violence themselves, and shared their stories throughout the panels, which prioritized different angles on the topic of gun violence.

The six lieutenant governors in attendance included Garlin Gilchrist of Michigan, Austin Davis of Pennsylvania, Peggy Flanagan of Minnesota, Aruna Miller of Maryland, Sabina Matos of Rhode Island and David Zuckerman of Vermont.

Kevin Holst, DLGA executive director, moderated the event’s three panels.

The first panel focused on justice for victims of gun violence and holding the firearms industry accountable for its role in perpetuating gun violence, while the second panel highlighted ways to help youth to feel safe in their communities, including at school. The third panel concluded the event by focusing on “disarming” hate.


And there wasn’t a single pro-gun voice there. Shocking.

Now, the good news is that this is just activists and politicians spinning their wheels. Nothing’s really going to come of this–not in the grand scheme of things, at least.

What bothers me, though, is how this is being covered.

This is a meeting of the gun control minds. It has nothing to do with violence prevention. It’s about restricting guns for the masses. We all know it, too.

Yet the media never seems to mention gun control. They don’t call it what it is and none of the twits sitting on those panels were going to say it, either.

They’re too busy trying to get away with the euphemisms and pretending they’re really about keeping people safe, even when guns in the hands of law-abiding, responsible citizens end a whole lot of threats before the police can even answer the phone.

Luckily for them, it’s a free country. They can talk about gun control if they want to.

There’s just no reason for the rest of the nation to play along with their delusion that restricting rights makes us safer.


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