Today I drove to Bangor, a 255 mile round trip, to attend a March For Our Lives forum. It was an empty chair town hall and It was quite interesting. I got to meet several of the other candidates and I also didn't get to meet our Representative for the Second District, Bruce Poliquin, because he didn't show up or send a representative to speak for him, which I more or less expected. I found that what I had to say struck a chord with many there, as they gave each of us 3 minutes to speak.
I just know that I am more energized again and know that I must try hard to get on the ballot, which means I NEED SIGNATURES ON PETITIONS! Anyone in Maine's 2nd District can sign them, as long as they are registered to vote. And if you're not registered, please do so and get involved. The stakes have never been higher!
Children are in fear of going to school, that they are not safe. This is a reality, they are NOT making this up. They have been traumatized by what is occurring. 7 children a day are dying from gun violence, whether it be in a school or on the street corner getting caught in a crossfire from gang violence! This is an epidemic and the United States is the leader of the world in gun deaths!
How much longer?
The NRA has 5 million members. The remainder of the United States is 220 million. Are we going to allow them to continue to stymie all attempts at sensible gun control.
I ask all of you, gun owners and non-gun owners alike, place yourselves in the mind of a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, anyone with children, and picture that dreaded phone call that someone you love, just starting their lives, is dead, killed by a bullet. Not ever coming home, no more I Love You's, no more dirty socks on the floor. Picture them riddled with bullet holes. I don't think you can live with that, or at least don't think you can at the moment. I know I would prefer to die, myself!
This subject is not easy, but we must find a way. People are demanding it and it's not going away. Too many have died already, let's not allow America to be a war zone, because that's what it is becoming. Stop the hateful rhetoric and talk to one another!
No one has the need to open-carry an AR-15, unless they are so insecure in their own lives that they must project those insecurities upon everyone they meet. That is a sad state of affairs! They are nothing but cowardly bullies!
We also talked about mental health and the need for more services. With that I agree, but it will never solve the problem of availability of weapons of war in the hands of citizens that can be used in a fit of anger to kill!