In December, as we all were reminded of the 2012 gun tragedies (16 of them that year), it was not hard to despair about the "bad guys with the big money" winning out over the many efforts by hard-working groups like Moms Demand.
And yet...I read about one city's initiative that moved the conversation toward doing something. Steven Fulop, the young mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey proposed--and the City Council accepted--that gun manufacturers submitting bids to the City had to answer six questions:
1 - What do you do to combat illegal gun trafficking & illegal gun crime?
2 - Do you manufacturer and sell assault weapons for civilian use?
3 - Do you agree not to sell certain models of firearms for civilian use?
4 - Are you requiring your dealers to conduct background checks?
5 - Do you fund research related to gun violence & smart gun technology?
6 - Will you commit to prohibiting your brand name from being used in violent video games?
Sent a letter (not an email) to the Mayor of Portland: what about doing this here? No response so far.
Not long after the phone rang. It was a campaign worker for Jules Bailey, a candidate for Multnomah County Commission. Could Jules have my support? He listened patiently to my disappointment that gun control, had gone nowhere in the recent legislative session. Next came an email from Jules' campaign with a contact form to indicate my priorities. Listed the six questions. His reply (during one of our February cold days): Yikes! Old lady gets support. And Jules can have mine! Recently he came to speak at our retirement community. Big crowd to hear about his progressive agenda and hear of his thoughtful work in the state legislature. One of the perks about moving to a smaller city is the chance to hear and meet candidates in-person. Glad to endorse Jules Bailey...and share our Happy Cup Coffee!