The shootings can be stopped

I couldn’t write to you about gun control last week, because it was much too close to home. My older daughter is 15 years old, the same age as many of the victims of last week’s school massacre in Parkland, FL. As it happens my younger daughter, then 7, was the same age as many of the victims of the 2012 school massacre in Sandy Hook, CT. That’s not as much of a coincidence as it sounds, because there are so many school massacres in the USA.

We can’t afford despair. Our Senator, Dianne Feinstein, deserves our gratitude for her unceasing efforts to ban bump stocks and assault weapons. Survivors and newly minted student activists like Cameron KaskyDavid HoggEmma González, and Sarah Chadwick, are harnessing Twitter to express their grief and outrage. Let’s amplify their brave, irreplaceable voices. They are behind the March for Our Lives – nationwide, co-ordinated protests planned for Saturday, March 24, 2018. Sign up for San Francisco’s event here.

The USA is the only developed nation that suffers from this scourge. There is hope. In 1996, my home country of Australia suffered a shockingly brutal atrocity in Port Arthur, Tasmania. In becoming the springboard for sweeping, highly effective gun control, Port Arthur was the last massacre of its kind. May the legacy of Parkland be the same.


At our February meeting, after substantive and thoughtful discussion, Stand Up SF members voted overwhelmingly to focus on our existing activities – Member of Congress meetings and Get Out The Vote efforts with SwingLeft – rather than endorsing candidates in the 2018 elections.We can revisit this decision at any time, but for now, it frees up our scarce time and resources.


Senator Feinstein Office Action
Friday, March 2, 12noon – 1pm
560 Mission Street Plaza

Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Saturday, March 17, 11am – 3pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA

Stand Up SF February Meeting
Sunday, March 18, 2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library