We want a "peace economy" that creates jobs, invests in our communities, restores and improves public services, saves the environment, and builds the infrastucture. We urge you to sign the petition at www.jobs-not-wars.org that calls for an end to the austerity and militarism that this Congress and Administration seem intent on.
Amazingly, the trend in recent months has been toward easing gun restrictions. The justification seems to be that if more people carried guns, they would be better able to shoot "bad guys." That suggests schools as armed camps in which children grow up among weapons. And it counts on the gun-toting citizens being such good shots that no one but the "bad guy" gets hit. It seems to us that a better solution is a federal law outlawing all automatic and semi-automatic guns except for those held by police officers. Start a gun buy-back program in which the government pays $100 for each gun turned in with a deadline after which the gun owner gets not money but arrest.