Yoda and Princess Leia
Much of my time this summer has been spent on activities involving Moms Demand Action/Everytown, especially the Gun Sense Voter drive. Because RI has been so successful in collecting pledges, that includes attending events and canvassing people to sign up- yay!- which leads to lots of data entry -ugh. One event last week was a summer 'stroll' on a local main street where shops were open late and offered special deals. An unexpected bonus for me, which caused a brief distraction from canvassing, was the doggy parade.
My favorite participant was the poor portly pooch who, steps from the finish line, plopped down and did not want to take another step! After his little breather, he did get up and finish his parade.
I don't think of myself as outgoing, but I've almost come to enjoy talking with people at these events. A few of the interesting encounters from the Stroll:
The almost toothless biker-looking guy, a Viet Nam vet and NRA instructor, who thought he couldn’t sign on as an NRA member. But as we discussed what ‘gun sense legislation’ means, he realized he totally agreed and filled out a card. Another case of you can’t judge a book by its cover!
The young man who politely challenged me, repeatedly stating that it was a right to own guns, that ‘every man should have a gun’, and by the way he had a gun on him. When I asked if he had a permit for it he said no, it was his right to carry a (concealed) weapon. I didn’t feel frightened at all- he may even have been lying- but I was glad when he was called away because he was keeping me from getting others to sign up, and frankly, I was getting bored listening to his broken record.
A handsome young couple, funny and chatty, who signed up. It wasn’t until we were about to part that the young man mentioned that he is a funeral director- I would never have guessed that one! Which led to talk of the tragedy of guns used for suicide, and what a difficult part of his business that is for him. As the saying goes, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and the presence of a gun makes it far too easy to make a rash and irreversible choice.
By the time the latest cards are entered into the data base, RI will have passed its goal of 800 pledges by the end of August! A couple of larger states have more numbers, but proportionally for its size, RI is leading the pack! Not that it's a competition of course- we want nationwide big numbers. So, if you have not yet pledged to vote for candidates who will support common sense gun laws, sign up now! Do be sure to include your email so that as the elections near, you will receive a 'scorecard' of where each of your candidates stands on gun safety so you can make an informed decision.