17 comments on “Progressivism Always Prevails. Reasons for Optimism in the Aftermath of 17 Preventable Deaths

  1. Wow. For years I’ve been receiving your emails. I’ve been admiring your photography and benefiting from your amazing receipts. But I’ve never responded to you directly, until tonight.

    THANK YOU. Thank you so much for speaking so honestly and beautifully to your daughter and thank you so much for sharing this raw and personal message with us.

    I’m truly moved.

  2. Thanks, Jack! It is good to see the youth standing up and that it is motivating youth in many parts of the country.

  3. Thanks for your ray of hope. The Dark Angels in charge right now have me down.

    While I agree with your assessment of the Republicans and the NRA, the Democrats also have blood on their hands. Perhaps the next election cycle will give me hope that we actually live in a decent society.

  4. It’s good to stand tall and be counted, no matter that you may not be in the majority. Honour and integrity are priceless gifts to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

  5. Thank you for this incredible post–it spoke to me deeply and helped lift me up. We are experiencing such dark times; I appreciate your view of both the past and the future.

  6. Excellent letter, Jack. When I was still living in Japan in 1996, a mass murderer in my home country of Australia, shot & killed more than 40 people, 21 of whom died. Following this, the then conservative Prime Minister Howard set up a “buy-back” of guns within a certain time limit. After that, people either had to register their firearms or go to jail. Since then, there have been no mass murders here. There are the odd incidents of shootings, either involving crime gangs, or suicides. Of course, there are people in Australia, including farmers, pest controllers, wildlife researchers, etc., who do register their firearms. The constant reports of gun violence in the US dumbfounds most of us in the developed world. In countries such as Australia, Europe, Japan, etc. The gun lobby in the US has bribed politicians for years. Now young students are standing up to this corruption. They are heroes. I hope they are successful in bringing down the NRA, or at least, forcing them out of their donations of dirty money.

    • Well stated, Gerowyn. Yes, the gun violence on our shores is surely dumbfounding to reasonable people. Here’s a piece of that this is truly sad: Australia’s example is well known in the U. S., but there is a steadfast refusal among the NRA and their Republicans who dance for them to even acknowledge how Australia 1) suffered a horrible mass killing at the hands of a gunman, 2) made reasonable legislative changes that limited guns while protecting the rights of homeowners and hunters to still obtain guns for sport shooting, property protection and hunting, and 3) have seen zero mass shootings in the 20+ years since. The Supreme Court has recognized and stated that gun rights are not limitless, that under our constitution some classes of weapons can be kept out of civilian hands. Reagan, a Republican icon, understood this and was against the civilian population owning military-style weapons. Why don’t we take action? Money. Don’t let anyone tell you that this is about “Constitutional Rights.” It’s not.

    • Well stated, Gerowyn. Yes, the gun violence on our shores is surely dumbfounding to reasonable people. Here’s a piece of that this is truly sad: Australia’s example is well known in the U. S., but there is a steadfast refusal among the NRA and their Republicans who dance for them to even acknowledge how Australia 1) suffered a horrible mass killing at the hands of a gunman, 2) made reasonable legislative changes that limited guns while protecting the rights of homeowners and hunters to still obtain guns for sport shooting, property protection and hunting, and 3) have seen zero mass shootings in the 20+ years since. The Supreme Court has recognized and stated that gun rights are not limitless, that under our constitution some classes of weapons can be kept out of civilian hands. President Ronald Reagan, a Republican icon, understood this and was against the civilian population owning military-style weapons. Why don’t we take action? Money. Don’t let anyone tell you that this is about “Constitutional Rights.” It’s not.

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