United we stand…

“E pluribus unum”(One out of many) was the original motto of the United States adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782. It clearly indicated that the nascent country yearned to unite and cooperate with its various states and interests.

This inspired motto was highjacked in 1956 when, under pressure by religious zealots,  Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as its new official slogan.

This move flagrantly violated the First Amendmentwhich expressly says that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

As an agnostic, and a confirmed believer of separation of Church and State, I strongly object to this outrageous appropriation. In our troubled times, mortals would be better off relying on laws and unity than banking on divine intervention.

“United we stand, divided we fall” is still a pertinent dictum.

Great civilizations that flourished for centuries collapsed suddenly due to internal struggles, and that what our Disunited States are facing today.

By opposing crucially needed gun control regulations, our PresidentMitch McConnell, and the NRA have shown themselves to be enemies of the people.
Their hypocrite condolences and weak signs of contrition does not mean much. No matter what the carnage, they will stick to their guns and ignore the grief of thousands.

Despite what the President is saying, guns don’t have a say in all these massacres. Guns don’t make decisions. They are just obedient servants of depraved individuals.
Take automatic firearms away from them, and you will reduce mass killings by 95%. It is that simple.

In a democracy, leaders have to lead or get out of the way. If they don’t, it is time to throw the rascals out. At the polls, vote for the Devil himself if he solemnly promises to ban assault weapons, large magazines and insane amounts of bullets.

“As of Monday morning, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S., according to figures kept by non-for-profit group the Gun Violence Archive. A mass shooting is generally accepted as an incident in which at least four people are shot.”

 America is the laughing stock of the world when it comes to gun violence.

 To be effective, you need to know and pressure your elected representatives. In California, we have 2 senators: Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.

Petition them relentlessly to make gun control a reality.

Alain

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