COMMUNITY OPINION: Is America on a collision course over gun violence?

COMMUNITY OPINION: Is America on a collision course over gun violence?

This community opinion was written by resident Terry Butler. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent BenitoLink or other affiliated contributors. In the third week of this past May I began writing a letter to Benitolink readers about the movement to establish each month of June and each June 2 as National Gun Violence Awareness Month and Day. I had received a solicitation from an organization I had previously donated to, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, asking me to donate again and to “ Wear Orange ” on June 2. My intention was to help interested citizens become aware that such a movement exists. It seems to me that as the divide widens over what to do about this issue, and as actual discourse fades, while factual, non-confrontational information is ever more widely ignored by our political parties, denounced by a certain segment of political actors and pro-gun advocates, the horrors themselves continue to increase rather than diminish. I agreed that having such a month and day would bring focus to the problem. Then on May 26 th , the mass murder of unsuspecting workers at Valley Transit Authority facility in San Jose took place. See this page at Wikipedia for full information. I imagine I wasn’t the only local person who immediately remembered the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting of July 28, 2019. I was deeply struck for the first time by the awareness of how close these things are to us in Hollister. I began to see […]

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