I just got home from the Acton Village Green, home of the monument tomb of Isaac Davis who was the first casualty of the Revolutionary War, a fitting location for this evening’s Anti-Gun Violence Vigil. The event was very well organized by the church leadership from the South Acton Congregational Church, a congregation that is unafraid to wade into the fray on matters of Social Justice and Gun Violence. The speakers were moderated by the Rev. Katrina Wuensch of SACC. Speakers included State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton; State Rep. Jennifer Benson, D-Lunenburg, Acton Congregational Church senior minister Andy Armstrong; Director of Moms Demand Action Megan Murnaghan; and Holly Aldrich, founding director of the Center for Homicide Bereavement in Cambridge. With additional messages read by Rev. Wuensch from Sen. Nikki Tsongas and Sen. Elizabeth Warren who couldn’t attend due to their schedules.
After the candles were extinguished and the crowd of about 100 – 150, by my estimate, began to disperse, a member of our group from the GRP, Danny Factor, who is running for State Rep. next year, happened to note that none of the speakers mentioned the relationship between the Gun Lobby, Big Corporate Money in our electoral process, and the recent spate of gun violence. Could there be a connection? It’s obvious to some more than others but apparently our elected legislators don’t wish to recognize or speak to it publically.
Well now I’m home safe and sound with a belly full of Black Bean stew and I’m pondering today’s events. Here I am in Acton, MA so close to the origins of the American Revolution that I could walk to where it all began, as many men from Acton did on April 18, 1775. The very next day the first man died from gunshot wounds beginning that bloody struggle. But now we find ourselves engaged in a different kind of struggle but no less bloody for some, those who are one of the thousands killed or injured in gun violence incidence in the US. I was shocked at the numbers.
In One Year on Average (all ages)
Over 108,000 (108,476) people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention.>
- 32,514 people die from gun violence
- 11,294 people are murdered
- 19,992 people kill themselves
- 561 people are killed unintentionally
- 414 are killed by police intervention
- 254 die but intent is not known
- 75,962 people survive gun injuries:
- 55,009 people are injured in an attack
- 3,791 people survive a suicide attempt
- 16,334 people are shot unintentionally
- 827 people are shot by police intervention
So what did you do today?