Friday, July 1, 2016

Off to a good start

July should be getting off to a good start today, at least for the folks in California. Jerry Brown, that state's Governor, is expected to sign several bills into law that deal with gun safety. One would require an ID and a background check to purchase ammunition and would create a new state database of ammunition owners and also ban possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. Another bill would restrict the loaning of guns to close family members, without background checks. Again, this is only in California where that horrible shooting last year in San Bernardino killed 14 people.

It should be noted too that Gavin Newsom, California's Lt Governor, has been campaigning for quite a while for comprehensive gun safety reform in his state. He has placed Prop 63 on the November ballot to let the people vote on it.

Erasing the hate? Well I would like to see more progress on that as we begin the month in which we celebrate our independence. All those who want to treat the lgbt community as second class citizens, would do well to check out a line from a 240 year old document that most Americans hold dear:  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Note the key words of ALL and EQUAL. Let's therefore put away the hate. Let's put away the guns. Let's live together in peace and harmony. If we can get everyone on board with this, we'll indeed be off to a good start!

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