Assault rifles have one purpose. I have heard the argument that fists, bats, knives, and, yes, even books can be used to hurt and kill people and we don't call for banning them...
But fists can be used to punch down bread dough, bats and balls provide hours of entertainment, knives are used on food, and books entertain and enlighten! High capacity guns do not have a positive function in our society, period.
Let’s use books - fiction and non-fiction - to learn about mental health, our constitution and the law, to understand and combat racism, extremism, and exclusion. And then let us act to make the changes we need to keep us all safe.
It's been a difficult year and a hard week with what happened in Atlanta and Boulder. We need to address the underlying issues in order to construct a new normal as we look toward the future.
The Festival of Passover and the celebration of Easter mark the coming of Spring. May we move toward equity, tolerance, and calm in the days ahead. - Liza