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Stop and think for a moment. These days, what is your first reaction to hearing about a school shooting stealing the lives of innocent children? Is it shock? Horror that something this tragic could happen in a country like ours?

Or is it to sigh and say "another one"?

Yesterday morning, families near Portland, Oregon had to wait in fear to learn if their children had survived the school day. This is the 74th school shooting on record since the Sandy Hook massacre stole the lives of 20 elementary school children.

And yet our politicians, still deep in the pockets of the NRA and other pro-gun lobbyists, still refuse to take action.

When will we decide enough is enough? When will our politicians finally stop taking money from the NRA and other gun lobbyists and finally start protecting our children from unnecessary, horrific gun deaths? That time must be now.

Take action today. Tell your representatives that enough is enough. We demand real, effective gun control NOW.

Originally posted to Care2's Community for Good - Take Action on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:38 PM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Last summer we attended the high school (4+ / 0-)

    State Championship play-offs, the husband calling the play-by-play.

    As I sat in the bleachers, I actually felt fear just for being in a school.  All around were young parents, with young children watching their sisters and brothers play basketball.  

    Childhood is not the same, and we let this happen.

    I don't want to live this way.

    the dog you have, is the dog you need. - Cesar Millan

    by OregonWetDog on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 02:59:06 PM PDT

  •  Oregon's US Rep, a liberal democrat (3+ / 0-)

    (as I wrote in another diary, pardon my duplication, yet it is important for Oregon)

    Peter DeFazio came to visit us voters, last Summer.  After his antique presentation on our sorry infrastructure we had time for Q & A.

    I asked him for gun control.

    He literally shrugged.

    He stood up there in our Public Library conference room with about 100 people attending and just shrugged.

    He shrugged his shoulders in a helpless gesture, and said "Nothing can be done.  Next question."

    the dog you have, is the dog you need. - Cesar Millan

    by OregonWetDog on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 03:01:27 PM PDT

  •  Tipped & rec'ed (2+ / 0-)
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    occupystephanie, RiveroftheWest

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 03:48:28 PM PDT

  •  They way to (1+ / 0-)
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    "live like this" is to keep your head down, keep quiet, keep your children in the house, don't do anything to attract attention.
    That is the way our peasant ancestors in Europe survived- they knew the upper classes and their soldiers were to be avoided and never challenged.
    It worked for a thousand years- we are alive to attest it.
    Now maybe our descendants can do it for another thousand.

    I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

    by old mule on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 04:07:27 PM PDT

    •  not my investors (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, you can slink around in fear and you might escape the notice of the predators that control America now. You can also fight back in every available arena. Politically, financially and physically. We have courts. Even if our politicians don't have the nerve, we can file suit and do it again and again. I frequently am asked for donations online by groups with a mission. We obviously need a group that will solicit funds and use them to file one costly lawsuit after another against groups like the NRA. For every American that owns guns there are two that do not. The two thirds have no stake in continued loose gun laws but they have a huge stake in not having their kids murdered in school. The few times that onlookers have subdued murderous shooters they hold them until the law shows up. Maybe a better idea would be to find a rope and take justice on the spot.

  •  Enough is enough (2+ / 0-)
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    EmilyCare2, RiveroftheWest

    What was it- last week or week before I was reading another Dailykos piece detailing another shooting.... When I read the words " when the next one happens" I actually cringed. After reading the tip jar I was not the only one. After reading this I would like to say I would would breath easier if I home schooled my daughter but people- what we going to do? Never leave the house? Hope to win the " steered clear of random shootings " lottery.  Damn the NRA for choosing their own pockets over the safety of our innocent public and damn the ones of our public that swallow the NRA's rhetoric and condemn the rest of us to this type of inhumanity.  I wonder- do the open carry nuts  really value their gun over another's life? What if that life becomes their own child's- do they change their mind then?

  •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)
    Welcome to Daily Kos. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Community Guidelines, the Knowledge Base, and the Site Resource Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

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    The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's your excuse?
    ~~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by smileycreek on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:36:05 PM PDT

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