The tech community has become more politically active over the past 5 years and this is a good thing. We live in a representative democracy and organizing, having a voice and expressing views is critical to our functioning democracy.
One of the most visible, active and admirable leaders of this movement is Ron Conway and he describes this in this post on TechCrunch.
I applaud Ron and hope to continue to increase my own political activism around issue in which I’m passionate and which are appropriate for me. Right now my energy will focus on issues affecting the city of Los Angeles and I will weigh in with views on LA politics soon.
But today is about Sandy Hook and ending gun violence.
I know many people are passionate about this topic from many different angels.
I am not against gun ownership. It is enshrined in the 2nd amendment and necessary for citizenry to feel it can protect itself against future oppressive governments.
Every year I take my boys into the mountains for a camping retreat. We shoot rifles. I’m not a gun owner, we do it through our camp. I enjoy it and so does my family.
I think knowing how to responsibly load, care for, respect and shoot guns is a good thing.
I am pro gun control. Very much so.
I cannot fathom a world in which we don’t have a shared agenda to restrict the types of guns & bullets that are legally on our streets. I can’t imagine a world in which we don’t restrict access to those that are worthy. And it which we don’t track usage & backgrounds.
I understand the concerns of those that are scared of “controls” because they see it as “creep” into a path toward elimination or undue restrictions on ownership. I don’t believe it is.
Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, is a disgrace.
If you didn’t see his interview on Meet the Press shortly after Sandy Hook please watch it here.
David Gregory says all options should be on the table: review Hollywood and video game glorification of violence (hallelujah!) as well as controls on gun types & access.
LaPierre advocates for: Armed guards in school & zero changes to gun control laws including no restrictions on gun types or access.
That is simply head-in-the-sand fuckwittery.
Joe Biden is now leading a counsel to try and find bi-partisan solutions to the gun violence issue. It will require compromises on both sides of the aisle. Based on my sideline view of Washington this won’t happen without advocacy and pressure.
I’m proud to see Ron Conway join the advisory board of Sandy Hook Promise. They are dedicated to common sense gun violence solutions.
I look forward to seeing what they come up with. And when asked I look forward to figuring out how I can help Ron and the team at Sandy Hook Promise.
I hope you will, too. I’ve installed a badge to the right on my blog.
And you can Tweet “Today, people in Newtown are making the #sandyhookpromise to reduce gun violence. Sign the pledge with me at www.sandyhookpromise.org.”
And / or share this blog post.
(Cross-posted @ Both Sides of the Table)