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John Lennon’s Glasses *Landmark Gun-Control Update*

The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon pic.twitter.com/PYigb2uJKT [Tweeted by Yoko Ono 3.20.13

The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon pic.twitter.com/PYigb2uJKT [Tweeted by Yoko Ono 3.20.13]

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed landmark new gun laws on Wednesday expanding background checks on gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, placing the traditionally firearm-friendly state among the handful to pass new restrictions in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Democratic governor defended the legislation in a press conference on Wednesday. Hickenlooper said he had found widespread support among state residents for broadening background checks, and dismissed the idea that politicians had been pressured from outside the state. “This didn’t come from the White House,” Hickenlooper said. – Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signs landmark gun-control bills [NBC News]

THIS IS a day I’ll never forget.

I was living in New York City, living up on 95th Street just down from Central Park West.

The news came on…

The city stopped.

Then candles went up everywhere.

Losing John Lennon like that, it was just incomprehensible.

Flash to Newtown, with 20 first-graders and 6 adults being gunned down, with youth shot in inner cities every day. There’s Trayvon Martin, too.

It’s all so overwhelming, with nothing to be done unless we change ourselves. Even then, no one can change the N.R.A.

Colorado Democrats and Governor Hickenlooper aren’t waiting on anyone else.

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2 Responses to John Lennon’s Glasses *Landmark Gun-Control Update*

  1. Joyce Arnold March 21, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Definitely one of those “I remember where I was when I heard the news” events. I don’t think we’ve learned much since then, as so much of the time we seem stuck in the either / or, good / bad, us / them framing, rather than having more adult type conversations and making adult type decisions about an adult type way of regulating guns and ammunition. But as always, there are adult type people making such efforts, and for them, I’m thankful.

  2. Ramsgate March 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    A few months ago there was all this hoopla about all the new women in the US senate – the most ever, 20 – and what a difference this milestone was supposed to make. Well, maybe I’m an impatient fella but I’m still waiting to see/hear/feel the difference or it’s positive effects. In my opinion, the only woman of the crop who has made a positive difference so far and who has shown that she has the potential to get things done and maybe get results to change the lives of working people is Elizabeth Warren. Patty Murray also deserves much credit. Other than that, as far as I’m concerned very little has changed.

    Although Democrats rule the roost and are in the majority, the senators we (I) hear about, read about, the senators who seem to run things, by that I mean make things happen or stop things from happening, are: Rand Paul, McCain, McConnell, Rubio, Graham, Cruz, Reid (who is usually complaining or disappointed) These are the authority figures.

    In spite of the increased female presence one would think there’d be more influence, more authority and as a group they’d “lean in” more to make their presence felt, but it appears that in the senate for Democrats, (and maybe more so for Democratic women) it’s better to be seen and not heard. Consequently, nothing has changed. Obama’s appointments are still being filibustered left and right, the assault weapons ban died a sudden and ignoble death without so much as a march on the leader’s office by these women causing my hometown paper to scream: GUTLESS COWARDS. Who would have thought? The ladies seem to have joined the old boy’s club. Some people thought that more women would change the dynamic of the crusty old senate – would even humanize the place. How bloody wrong we were. It’s still early though.

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