Twenty years ago this week,
tragedy struck at
Columbine High School.
In the two decades
that have passed,
our schools have changed.
active shooter drills...
these are all part of the
landscape of education.
with their teachers
in corners of their classrooms
with the doors locked
and the lights turned out.
Is this our new normal?
Is this the only way to protect our children?
What laws have we CHANGED since Columbine?
What laws have we CHANGED since Sandy Hook?
What laws have we CHANGED since Parkland?
On the national level,
the House passed the
Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.
but maybe not really bipartisan.
Only eight republican legislators voted for it.
And the news coverage talks
about them "changing sides" to vote.
Aren't we all on the same side?
It's expected to either fail in the Senate
or be vetoed by the president.
Is this what we want as a nation?
How do we get our
to work TOGETHER
to create a
seem to be finding
finding common ground.
According to the Giffords Law Center,
67 gun safety bills
were enacted in 26 states in 2018.
A glimmer of hope.
But do we have to move at a snail's pace?
Remember New Zealand?
Here are two important dates...
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New Zealand's parliament votes
Less than a month.
Action can happen.
Faster than we think possible.
New Zealand is trying to prevent a "new normal".
Can we reverse ours?
Only if our representatives realize
we are all on the same side.
Let's continue to use our
to show our elected officials
the path toward a
new and improved
"Meet in the Middle" is a Purple Living Room campaign encouraging people from across the political spectrum to meet together each week in order to find common ground. Each middle of the week (WEDNESDAY!) we'll post an update on Purple Living Room Project activities. Share YOUR progress on our Facebook group page or in the comments here. Our goal?