[ACBS] call your senators
taraprakash at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 12:02:35 EDT 2012
Dear all. It is not directly linked to accessibility, but it is still
relevant to the blind.
Last week I was stopped by someone to ask me why I was carrying this. I
realized with some difficulty that 'this' referred to my cane. This guy said
that he thought I was carrying a weapon in my hands. It's a law in Florida
that you can shoot someone if you suspect an individual to be dangerous. He
did not shoot me, but he could have and law enforcement wouldn't be able to
do anything to him. National Rifles Association is using its clout to force
similar laws everywhere in the US. They are using their stooges in the
Congress to bypass all state laws about guns so that guns are uniformally
allowed everywhere. Such laws are obviously disadvantageous to the blind and
those who cannot afford guns as law enforcement is sent a signal that an
individual can/has to protect himself. Please call your senators to stop
this madness from happening. These laws will certainly not pass but you
should still make your voices be heard. The information to contact them
Americans are demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old boy who
was shot and killed by self-appointed "neighborhood watchman" George
Unfortunately, the U.S. Congress is responding by working to let Trayvon's
killer and other people with violent arrest records and a history of
domestic abuse carry concealed, loaded guns in all 50 states.
Allies of the extremist gun lobby, led by Senators Begich, Manchin, Thune
and Vitter, just introduced bills (S.2188 and S.2213) that would gut state
laws that determine who can -- and more importantly, who can't -- walk our
streets carrying hidden, loaded guns. In the wake of this tragic shooting,
these bills are irrational and unthinkable.
Send a message to your Senators: "Don't authorize George Zimmerman and
others with a history of domestic violence to carry hidden, loaded guns in
any state in the country."
Long before he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, George Zimmerman was
arrested for attacking a police officer and was the subject of a court order
to prevent domestic violence. But thanks to Florida's deeply flawed gun
laws, law enforcement officers have never been able to revoke his license to
carry a loaded gun.
These controversial bills before Congress would make Zimmerman's gun permit
and permits from every other state valid anywhere in the country -- even
though many states have robust standards that would be completely scrapped.
That's why we need to make sure our senators know we expect them to vote
these reckless bills down -- because when it comes to OUR LIVES, it should
be OUR LAWS.
Thanks for speaking out,
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
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