EDITORIAL: The lesson of ’31 bullets’: We have the power to civilize our gun laws

EDITORIAL: The lesson of ’31 bullets’: We have the power to civilize our gun laws

Students from Francis W. Parker walked out of school April 20, along with hundreds of other students from around Chicago, to protest gun violence in a rally at Grant Park. | Erin Brown/Sun-Times We are shouting from the outside. Shout loud and long enough, though, and we can prevail. We can civilize our gun laws. One month ago, this editorial page launched a campaign called “ 31 bullets ” to promote 31 ways to curb gun violence in our nation, and with each proposed action we did our best to include a simple way that you, personally, could make it happen. We presented our 31st and last bullet — a call for federal design safety standards for American-made guns — on Tuesday. We have called the campaign, which we are conducting in partnership with the communications firm of Ogilvy & Mather, “31 bullets” because that is the average number of bullets manufactured in this country each year for every man, woman and child. But we easily could have listed 41 ways to make our nation safer from guns, or 51 or 61. Graphic design by Ogilvy & Mather Chicago As part of the campaign, we urged you to sign this or that petition, or to make a donation to this or that group. In several cases, we called your attention to very specific proposed legislation that you could devote your entire attention to, increasing the power of your advocacy. We even urged you to give blood, which won’t do […]

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