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Reinstate assault weapons ban after children slaughter in their school

This is a news release I wrote for the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. I am a member of its board of directors and do communications for this group that has advocated Peace and Justice issues since Armistice Day 1939.

Emilie Parker

Ithaca, New York – Responding to the horrific slaughter of 20 six and seven-year-old students (some of whom were shot 11 times with the most lethal bullet) and six staffers at their elementary school on December 14, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) urges the US Congress to quickly reinstate the assault weapons ban that lapsed in 2004.

“Whether it is in a Denver movie theater, an Episcopal church in Ellicott City, Maryland, a Portland mall and now a grade school in bucolic Newtown, Connecticut, 2012 has been chillingly record-setting. This slaughter of innocent people can be stopped. Australia has shown that such a ban can effectively end the horror,” said the Rev. Allison Liles, EPF executive director.

After a gunman used a semi-automatic rife to kill 35 people in Tasmania, Australia instituted a ban of automatic and semi-automatic weapons and offered a weapon buy-back plan to its gun owners in 1996. A paper published ten years later in the scholarly journal “Injury Prevention” concluded the law appears to have worked, according to The Guardian newspaper.

“The paper concluded: Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms were followed by more than a decade free of fatal mass shootings, and accelerated declines in firearm deaths. Removing large numbers of rapid-firing firearms from civilians may be an effective way of reducing mass shootings, firearm homicides and firearm suicides,” The Guardian reported.

“The EPF stands with President Barack Obama when he called for ‘meaningful action’ to prevent further such tragedies on the day of the Newtown massacre – our nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech slaughter of 2007. Such a ban would protect our citizens, as well as ensure the safety of our law enforcement officers who often find themselves out-gunned on our streets,” Liles said.

EPF – website – has worked to promote peace since Armistice Day 1939.

The photo of Emilie – one of the 20 six and seven-year-old students who were killed in their school – is especially wrenching for me to see. I post The Guardian photograph to introduce her to you. Here is what her Dad said about Emiliehttp://www.kvue.com/home/183701841.html

Insightful PBS program on Newtown Massacre http://video.klru.tv/video/2320006234

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