Let Love Rule: Peace and Violence in the United States of America

Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 6:44 AM


Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible. Thich Nhat Hanh


"The Act of Violence is an extreme cry for understanding peace! When one desires serenity, but is faced with violence (and violence has many faces--not just killing) war is the outcome.

As individuals, we stand. As children, we learn. Parents and other adults within society become the teachers of our culture.

I pray for the families in Newton, Connecticut who have lost their loved ones at the hands of violence!!! I am so sorry for your loss! My heart grieves with yours!!" Madeline A Gouin
Let Love Rule

Madeline Gouin

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  1. Re: Let Love Rule: Peace and Violence in the United States of America

    Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    I am still in a state of shock of how this could of happened and the reasons for it. I can only hope and pray that something good can out of all these acts of violence that are happening in the world. My most heartfelt prayers to the families and people affected by this.

    On behalf of those that no longer have a voice , I think people need to speak up for them and in some way come together and let one another know we all want peace in the world and we are all compassionate and caring people no matter where we come from.
    I want to send a little peace and love to each and everyone of you it would help to heal my wounds and my heartache...

    Randy

  2. Re: Let Love Rule: Peace and Violence in the United States of America

    Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I live in the safest city in Canada and 5 minutes away this is what you get & why ?

    “What’s going on?” people clamoured.

    They were aghast at an attempted robbery at gunpoint in the middle of the afternoon this week in Windsor.

    A kilometre away, in Detroit, this wouldn’t even make the news.

    Windsor was named one of the safest cities in Canada three weeks ago, with only one murder last year. We went more than two years without a murder before that. Across the river, Detroit, with at least 358 murders this year, has been named the most dangerous city in the U.S., for the fourth straight year.

    The difference?

    “Strict gun control is probably the most significant factor,” Windsor Police Chief Al Frederick told The Star’s Dalson Chen.

    Six- and seven-year-olds, so young they still look like babies, gunned down in their classrooms in a torrent of bullets. Hearses carrying their small caskets criss-crossing Newtown. Will the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School be the turning point? If the U.S. doesn’t act now, it never will.

    “These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change,” President Barack Obama told a heartbroken nation. “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage? That the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”

    But he’d said it all before.

    The country “cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence,” he said when six people, including a nine-year-old girl, were killed in a shooting in Arizona last year. All Americans “would reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence,” he said after 12 people died in a shooting in a movie theatre in Colorado this year.

    And nothing was done.

    Thirty thousand people a year in the U.S. die at gunpoint, from accidents, suicides and homicides. More Americans die from gunshots in six months than in every terrorist attack in the last 25 years and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote. It’s high noon all the time.

    Yet owning a gun in the U.S. is like a civil right. The right to bear arms, enshrined in the Constitution eight years after the revolutionary war, referred to the need for militias to guarantee the new country’s security. But somehow, more than 200 years later, the supreme court has ruled that individuals have the right to bear arms. It’s like a vestige of the wild west, never quite tamed. Children’s toys and most consumer goods are regulated more than guns.

    A cop in Newtown told The Globe and Mail he’s astounded by the proliferation of guns in his small town. The police answer a call for a domestic assault, and there are usually three or four guns. It’s a powder keg. No one needs assault weapons and high capacity clips to defend themselves, hunt or target shoot. These are weapons of war.

    Obsessed with foreign terrorist attacks, the U.S. has been unmoved by attacks from within.

    But now, for the first time in a long time, after unspeakable horror, there appears to be some will to deal with America’s gun problem. Obama declared Wednesday he will make gun control a “central issue.” He is demanding “concrete proposals” by January and vowing to push for new laws “without delay.” He is said to support reinstating a ban on assault weapons, limiting high-capacity clips that allow the user to shoot many times without reloading and extending background checks to people buying from private dealers.

    Legislators backed by the powerful gun lobby the National Rifle Association have said it’s time to talk about gun control and they’re not afraid of the consequences. “Enough is enough,” one said. The shooting at Sandy Hook “has changed us,” said another, “and everything should be on the table.”

    A private investment firm that owns the country’s largest manufacturer of guns and ammunition is selling the company, which makes the Bushmaster rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook. The firm called the shooting a “watershed event” and said that while they are not lawmakers, “there are, however, actions that we as a firm can take.”

    Now is the time to mourn, but now, while there is the will, is also the time to act. Yes, these killings are complex. Restricting guns is only part of the solution, and it won’t prevent mass shootings. But, like speed limits and seat belts, it will lower the risk and save lives. Australia imposed strict new gun laws after 35 people died in a shooting spree in 1996. In the 10 years after, the risk of dying from a gunshot was cut in half.

    Lawmakers in half a dozen states say they will now consider allowing teachers and administrators to carry guns in schools. Sales of armoured backpacks designed to shield kids caught in shootings are reported to be increasing. A marine and Iraqi war veteran stood guard outside an elementary school in California all day Wednesday. The principal said she felt safer. It’s insanity. Is this any way to live, to raise children? Is the right to bear arms worth a culture of fear?

    In the U.S., nothing right now, including the fiscal cliff, is more important than dealing with guns. If the U.S. doesn’t act now, it is sanctioning the next massacre

  3. Re: Let Love Rule: Peace and Violence in the United States of America

    Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    @RandyBass

    You have spoken, eloquently, regarding your position. Great job!! And yes, your point is valid! Just remember: just as illegal drugs exist, so too guns!! They go hand in hand! And, laws do not, in themselves, take away product!! Nor, do laws always protect!! In addition, enforcement of laws become skewed interpretations and there lies part of the mess and understandably, why people defend freedoms. And, unfortunately, this same mess is why people are murdered! Wrong perceptions, skewed interpretations, and . . . .
    Madeline Gouin

  4. Re: Let Love Rule: Peace and Violence in the United States of America

    Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Just a dream, but, if we could just completely get rid of guns....if EVERYONE, nations, neighborhoods, families, whatever, were forced to settle their disputes with ways other than weapons, if they simply were not available.... I know, like I said, just a dream.

    If any good came from this, it has absolutely opened discussion more than the past incidents (sad but true). I don't think it will go away quietly this time.

  5. Re: Let Love Rule: Peace and Violence in the United States of America

    Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Thank you for the reports. It´s nice to see really mindful persons on the forum. I hope I will be able to follow you (cos of the language).

    Randy thank you for your explanation. Very interesting and revealing.

    Yes, the US and the rest of the world have a "gun-problem". Or better said: the people who think that they need guns, have problems. Their problem is called FEAR. Like Madeline said: wrong perceptions, skewed interpretations....

    When a 20 years old "child" kills 20 primary school kids... means...something goes wrong. Let us older parents think about : what have we taught our children? what signals have we set? which way do we live? what way do we go? our children follow us!

    If we are honest, then we will notice that FEAR is all around us. The fear to survive. The fear to exist (do I come through? do I overcome? do I withstand? do I endure?) The fear not be rich enough. The fear not to be beauty enough, The fear not to be loved. The fear to get no attention. The fear what others think about us..... and so on

    But as long as we all do not fight against FEAR ( the fear of the children that are not be loved and the fear of the weapon industrie that is still not rich enough) those and other massacres will happen again and again.

    So dear "LET LOVE RULE" Followers , please let us all sow the seeds of love. Teach love instead of fear. Love your children and everybody else the way they are! Do not judge, do not assess, do not measure and do not evaluate in a fear-producing way. Give Love and Smile - till Fear vanishes in the air.

    Behind every form of life or situation or happening, if you go deep down to the ground of reason, you will find : LOVE or FEAR.

    All FEAR must be transformed into LOVE , then PEACE will come.

    More than anything in this world:

    LET LOVE RULE !!!!