As of July, 2016, there are more than 27,000 incidents of recorded gun violence this calendar year. There is a frightening break down in our American rule of law.
The World Justice Project defines what rule of law means.
"Derived from internationally accepted standards, the World Justice Project’s definition of the rule of law is a system in which the following four universal principles are upheld."
The government and its officials and agents as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law.
The laws are clear, publicized, stable, and just; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and property and certain core human rights.
The process by which the laws are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair, and efficient.
Justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical, and independent representatives and neutrals who are of sufficient number, have adequate resources, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.
Hate crimes involving gun violence repeat each other on a large scale. Biases against another race or police officials can be deadly. Racial bias impacts our justice system.
The Verna Myers TED talk addresses these hard realities. How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them. She suggests we get out of denial.
Clearly, all lives matter. We admire all the honest law officials. There is misconduct. Decision makers and law enforcers should be accountable.
Our family is devastated by all the heartbreaking gun violence this last year and generally. Disrespect for others and hate seem to be just a couple of the root causes. Our great nation of the United States is hurting.
We can affect change. Thanks to a friend who shared details about unsilence.org, which tells hidden stories of human rights. It designs education programs, trains educators and engages teens.
People are scared and defensive. None of the facts are mutually exclusive. We can and should respect, listen and love.
A lawyer, Jody Westby, I had the privilege of working with founded a national organization to address police misconduct. She launched that after defending an African American man who worked in her community against the police. The video she captured went viral.
Similar to Jody's message, we teach our boys to love others, respect and obey the law. They must help people in need.
We support leaders who agree our nation is better than this. We must work toward solutions that create opportunities for everyone.
Gun violence can make our society feel powerless. It's frustrating since we naturally want to work toward solutions.
Here's just a few reads on this urgent issue.
- Freedom for Some is Not Freedom (Jane Elliott)
- Machine Guns Aren't Protected by Second Amendment, 5th Circuit Says (ABA Journal)
- The Predictable Result of Too Many Guns (The New Yorker)
- This is What It Looks Like to Protect Each Other (Scary Mommy)
- Three Terrible Days of Violence (The New Yorker)
- Top cop on violence: Too many guns on street, maybe not enough officers (Chicago Tribune)
- White Discomfort Does Not Trump Black Lives (Scary Mommy)
We pray for a safe world as we work toward solutions to uphold the rule of law. Thanks to all the law officers who help keep us safe. Love and prayers for everyone who is hurting. Please share your ideas to inspire change. God bless America. XO
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