5Apr2018 Ian Taylor, Gun Violence

"… we are here because much of our political dialogue - has become coarse, violent, and mendacious.

We are here to counter the power and influence of “Dark Money” that has corrupted the political process and contaminated the very soul of democracy.

We are here because 30,000 of us die each year by gunfire because a minority believes that the unmitigated right to own guns overshadows our right to life.

We are here to close the gap between what a majority of people want and the laws and policies they get.

We are here, in short, to affirm the great truth that out of our differences we are one people. We are here to reaffirm our highest values. ... We are here to begin work to repair and strengthen democratic institutions, procedures, and “habits of heart.” David Orr