Sunday, May 13, 2012

Not A Happy Mother's Day for 30K Mothers Each Year

Today is Mother's Day in America.  But while most Mother's will be getting cards, gifts, and phone calls from their loving children, 30,000 every year will instead have only memories, thanks to the violence wrought by guns in this country, not counting adult children, through murders, suicides, and accidents.

It doesn't have to be this way.

Please watch this appeal from one mother who lost her child this year to a senseless shooter:  Sybrina Fulton, mother to Trayvon Martin, gunned down by a vigilante in Florida:

A quote from the video, by Mrs. Fulton: 
Just like me, this year 30,000 mothers lost their children this year to senseless gun violence.  Nobody can bring our children back, but it would bring us comfort if we can help spare other mothers the pain that we would feel on Mother's Day, and every day of our lives.

We may not be able to bring their children back, but we can support them. That’s why I’m helping gather signatures for a special Mothers’ Day card for Trayvon’s mom, and every mother mourning a child killed by gun violence this year."

Please sign a special Mothers’ Day card for Trayvon Martin’s mom -- and we’ll deliver it to her on Sunday with your name.

Help reduce the numbers of grieving mothers by supporting mandatory safe gun storage (Child Access Protection laws), gun safety education, supporting the ASK campaign, and mandatory background checks for ALL gun sales, to name just a few ways.

As for me, I'm spending part of today leading an annual march and rally against gun violence, in Eugene, Oregon, sponsored by Million Mom March and Ceasefire Oregon.

And what are the gun guys doing instead?  Making shooting targets resembling Trayvon Martin. Sick.

It's time to make a new trajectory for this nation to follow.

Happy Mother's Day.