CF100: 2016 07 10 – Finding Unity & Reducing Guns

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.

What was the biggest story of the week?

Orlando is not alone in our grief at the violence in our world. Attacks, by people claiming a religion they do not in reality practice, continue to target innocent people worldwide. News of black men killed by law enforcement continues to draw attention to the statistical reality of a justice system needing reform. Disturbing language continues to fuel division and cultivate misplaced anger and hatred. Yet, here in Orlando we find a united community as we reap the blessings of long-term work at every level to create a more compassionate community. May our commitment deepen and continue to grow.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Those who understand that now is the time to make our state and our country safer will continue to pressure legislators to enact responsible gun regulations. Politicians, catering to a rich and vocal minority, continue to resist. Yet, the pressure will continue until the violence is ended. It is only by acting that we can prevent needless future tragedy. By acting, we can make sure that those who should not have access to guns don’t. By acting, we can ensure that guns whose only purpose is massive destruction of human life are accessible to no one.

The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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