On Gun Violence in America

Thank you Amnesty International for sponsoring this post.

Between the four walls of a classroom, the sanctuary of a church, a concert, a movie theater, an airport, a post office, a gaming event, a home, a military base, a neighborhood, a grandmother’s porch.

And,

and,

and,

and.

Phones go unanswered. Children don’t return home from school. Families unimaginably, irreparably scattered and broken.

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Gun violence is a public health crisis and its disease is distinctly American.

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Every day, over 100 people in America die due to gun violence. In 2016, 38,658 people were killed as a result of gun violence, and over 116,000 people were injured.

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According to Amnesty International’s recently released comprehensive report, American gun violence is a human rights crisis – and the U.S. government must be held accountable. The report details how high rates of gun ownership, and ease of access to firearms by individuals likely to misuse them compromises all aspects of life in America – and the U.S. governments refusal to pass sensible gun control laws is a violation of human rights.  No one’s human right to life can be considered secure in a nation where our government’s response to gun violence is inaction.

It isn’t OK that as parents, so many of us instinctively search for the closest emergency exit when taking our kids to the movie theaters. I dream of a future that is free of lock down drills, bulletproof backpacks, clear backpacks, specialized attack-resistant doors and stoppers, and words of “thoughts and prayers” wrapped in inaction.

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Like Amnesty International, I believe that gun violence is a human rights issue. We need sensible gun laws and policies. It isn’t normal for kids to fear being killed in their homes, schools, streets, and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. Yet all of this has become part of our daily lives in America.

Collective outrage fuels conviction and resolve. Communities across this country are coming together to solve gun violence. We have the knowledge and conviction to get this done. And the gun-violence-prevention movement is winning like never before.

How Can I Help?

  • Get to the polls this November and encourage your friends and family to elect candidates committed to ending gun violence.
  • Learn more about gun violence as a human rights crisis and stay informed by reading Amnesty International’s latest report on gun violence. Amnesty is campaigning on bills in states across the country. One bill is to end illegal gun trafficking in Illinois. This bill would require common sense measures to help stop the sale of dangerous, illegal guns in the state. It would make communities safer by requiring video surveillance outside dealerships, and it would make our kids safer by prohibiting new gun dealerships from opening within 500 meters of a school.
  • Help to stop the spread of illegal guns and take action to support the work of Amnesty by signing the petition here.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Sony’s New WH-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Will Let You Block Out ALL The Outside Sound

This post is sponsored by Best Buy. 

September brought a needed and welcomed return to a routine. Although I love the summer months, it feels great to have much more designated work time now that the kids back in school. I’ve also been carving out ways to give back to myself – while diving head first into all the projects on the horizon.

Music has always been an escape for me. It helps to carry me through deadlines, along with workouts, while elevating my mood. That’s why I’m so excited about Sony’s WH-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones, packed with a proprietary noise cancellation processor. They are perfect for my busy work-from-home routine. The design is super comfy featuring 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms that are Hi-Res Audio compatible. These super cool headphones are capable of reproducing a full range of frequencies – making your music the ONLY thing you hear, whether in a house full of boisterous kids, in mid-flight, or on the bustling streets of NYC.

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When fully charged, the Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones will give you up to 30 hours of battery life. With the option of a quick charge (in just 10 minutes charge time), you’ll get an additional five hours of playback time. Bluetooth connectivity allows for your favorite music on the go with connection to any of your Bluetooth enabled devices.

The superior noise canceling aspect is truly an incredible feature. There are so many scenarios in my life when I want to block out ALL the outside sound. With built-in Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control, activity is detected automatically, and noise canceling levels are intuitively balanced. All of the controls (volume, voice assistant, forward & backtrack) are all accessible on the headphones too! If you’re serious about your music, you won’t be disappointed with this feature-packed pair.

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