Renny Cushing and American Legislators for the Prevention of Gun Violence
It was announced yesterday that there is yet another new organization that seeks to push gun control across the country, American Legislators for the Prevention of Gun Violence. House Representative Robert "Renny" Cushing (D - Hampton) was a member of this coalition visiting Washington D.C.
This announcement comes on the heels of the first ever gun rights rally held by women, hosted by the Women's Defense League of New Hampshire. Women who seek to defend their Constitutional Right to protect themselves and their families. The League is disappointed that Representatives such as Cushing would seek to push more gun control laws, particularly in New Hampshire, given the Granite State was recently named the "Safest State in America" based on the 2010 U.S. Census and 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.
While Cushing is an outspoken advocate for victims' rights, he clearly does not understand that gun control only creates more victims; criminals don't obey gun control laws. Women increasingly seek to avoid becoming victims by protecting themselves. It is negligent to talk about protecting women without discussing how to empower them to do so.
Gun rights, not gun control, are an important part of reducing the victimization of women in the United States. As women who seek to avoid becoming victims by protecting ourselves, it's frustrating that Representative Cushing would push for laws that not only violate our basic human right to self-defense but our rights as women.
New Hampshire doesn't have a crime issue nor a violence issue (guns or otherwise), yet anti-2nd Amendment extremists such as Cushing continue to push for more gun control. If American Legislators for the Prevention of Gun Violence were truly interested in solving violence, they would be working in the inner cities where the gravity of violence is severe.
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Kimberly A. Morin
Media, Legislation and Activism
Women's Defense League of New Hampshire