I took Rayne to see A Christmas Story: The Musical on Broadway tonight. He loves the movie and really wanted to see it.
I confess, I have never seen the movie. I know, I KNOW! I don't know why, but I haven't.
It turns out A Christmas Story is about a nine-year-old boy who goes to great lengths to get a BB gun for Christmas so he can defend his family like a cowboy, and maybe fend off a bully or two in the process.
This is Americana? It made me sad.
(There was, however, one little kid who was an amazing tap dancer, which cheered me momentarily.)
Not to put too fine a point on it, but my favorite scene was where Ralphie beat the bully with his bare hands. It reminded me of Geoffrey Canada's (founder of the Harlem Children's Zone) amazing book Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America. Maybe things were better when we only used fists.
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Like I said, maybe it was just bad timing.
Anyway, I wanted to update my list of "things to do" because it seems to be helping people focus. New additions are in bold.
Feeling powerless? Here are a few things you can do:
- Sign this petition at We Are Better Than This
- Donate to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and "like" their page on Facebook
- Write to everyone who represents you in government via USA.gov
- Sign this petition that "Today is the Day to Talk About Reducing Gun Violence" at SignOn.org
- Follow the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence on Facebook (lots of good information, like this report on why gun laws matter)
- Educate yourself, starting with this series on guns from the New York Times and this research from Mother Jones
- Sign this petition at Whitehouse.gov
- Save the date for the One Million Child March on DC for Gun Safety, tentatively scheduled for February 17, 2013
- Go to Mayors Against Illegal Guns (started by NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg) and Demand a Plan with these five easy steps (including a petition and additional social media)
- Like the One Million Moms for Gun Control Facebook page (there are regional chapters springing up as well)