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Today may be a day to celebrate love, but #VDay will forever be stained with the blood of 17 kids shot to death at #StonemanDouglas one year ago today.

The #Parkland students didn't ask to become the mouthpiece for calling out the @NRA and its decades old fraud. But they did.
Fraud? Yes.

Those are the words of former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Burger (1969-1986.)

Let me state it clearly:


That is not, that is never, what the #2ndAmendment has said.
Watch for words like "school safety" and "God-given right" and "patriotic." The @NRA has spent lifetimes of money creating this narrative.

In my home state of Virginia, the Safe VA Initiative released policy recommendations for the 2019 term:

Our state House is still in GOP control. House speaker @SpeakerCox (the man who has stopped the #ERA and make equality for women part of the constitution) followed the @NRA playbook to the T:
It's like playing basketball when you're only allowed to shoot from one corner of the court.

That's not remotely bipartisan. That's classic GOP. Same technique used in immigration, healthcare - anything that takes away rights from someone else.
What's wrong with these recommendations?

1. Prevent suicide by creating an Extreme Risk Protective Order.
2. Mandate reporting of lost/stolen firearms
3. Reinstate "1 handgun a month" in VA
4. Take away guns from DV abusers
5. Universal background checks
6. Repeal "video training" for concealed handgun permits
7. Enact child access prevention laws and promote safe storage of firearms

Answer: Nothing. They're common sense. But the Overton window has moved so far toward the @NRA they seem extreme.

They're not.
Reclaim it. Don't be afraid.

Another former Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, penned an op-ed in the @NYTimes last March, urging advocates to ask for a repeal of the 2nd Amendment.

Yeah. He said it.

In the words of Justice Stevens, asking for a repeal of the Second Amendment overturns the terrible decision in DC v. Heller, granting a limited individual right to bear arms, which neatly takes the wind out of the NRA's chief propaganda weapon:
So. Let's talk about it. Should the Second Amendment should be repealed?

The NRA called Justice Stevens' oped a "disgrace to America."

Yet kids keep getting shot in schools, people in houses of worship, or just walking down the street.

The NRA is a disgrace to America.
Our policies must be guided by compassion, for compassion is strength.

No one said it would be easy, but #ParklandStrong lives it every day.

Stand on the right side of history.

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