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Submitted by dmoss on January 26, 2013 - 10:19pm
I just said yes to the Sandy Hook Promise:
I Promise to honor the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
I Promise to do everything I can to encourage and support common sense solutions that make my community and our country safer from similar acts of violence.
Incredible tragedy and senseless acts of violence often move us to take action to prevent future, similar tragedies. Those grieving the loss of their loved ones in the Sandy Hook tragedy have banned together and created the Sandy Hook Promise.
Similarly, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers remind us of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. Tremendous support for MADD continues and the organization has helped many become aware of the dangerous mix of alcohol and driving. Here at Unity of Tampa we walk with MADD to remember our own Louis Hall who lost his life to a drunk driver. The MADD walk is a great way to remind everyone of the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
What are we each willing to do to prevent any more acts of violence against our children, teachers, educators or any fellow human? Can we say yes to the Sandy Hook promise? Can we have a civil, nonviolent discussion about gun registration, back ground checks and guns in general without getting political or defensive?
Many MADD supporters still drink, yet drink responsibly. They didn’t give up alcohol or ask anyone else to give up alcohol completely, just to drink responsibly. I hope that many gun owners would be willing to make similar adjustments that would help everyone be and feel safer.
Annually, we support the Season for Nonviolence beginning on January 30, the anniversary date of Mahatma Gandhi’s death and ending on April 4, the anniversary date of Dr. King, Jr.’s death on April 4.Reviewing and honoring the nonviolent ways of both Gandhi and Dr. King, Jr. through the Season of Nonviolence is timed perfectly to correspond with the timing of the Sandy Hook Promise.
I hope you will go to the Sandy Hook Promise website and say yes to their Promise. Feel free to participate as we honor the Season for Nonviolence. I invite you to join me in holding a vision of a peaceful and safe global community. As Dr. King, Jr. said, “What happens to one of us happens to all of us.”
Rev. Debbie Moss