I’ve been thinking about my post guns: to control or not to control. It’s not really about guns. It’s about violence. The majority of people who create gun violence would simply create other types of violence if they didn’t have guns. They would use knives or bats, or their fists. While guns do make deadly violence easier, a lack of guns will not end violence.
But what do we do about it? Some gun control might reduce some of the worst incidents, but certainly not all. And it won’t stop the violence completely. I don’t agree with it, but someone said that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. What does that mean? Armed guards in schools? What about the malls? The libraries? The movie theaters? Armed guards in every public building? That many armed guards isn’t sustainable. It’s not always effective. And who watches the watchmen?
There isn’t one answer. It isn’t about one thing, it’s about many things. Family, friends, and community educating people so they can learn non-violent ways of dealing with the world. It seems like small thing and such a big thing at the same time. This isn’t a program some government can just mandate and regulate. This is about people doing the right thing for the community they live in. Getting involved. Helping people. Inspiring people.
Who would do that? Remarkable people, that’s who. There are hundreds and thousands of people who volunteer or try to make a world a better place or do make the world a better place just by being who they are or make it their life’s work to make other lives better.
Now myself, I am rather unremarkable. However, I know a few remarkable people. People who work hard to make the world a better place for everyone. I’m not saying they are perfect, I’m not trying to put them on a giant pedestal. They are real people, that I know, who have inspired me and been remarkable in my life. I’d like you to meet them, as they are much more interesting than I am.
Here are a few to start you off with, along with some links to find out more about them and why I think they are so remarkable. I’ll add more as time goes on.
I’ve known her since high school, and was an amazing and inspiring person then, but now she is also the executive director of YPT, or The Young Playwrights Theater. A non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. which teaches kids the art of writing plays, and then produces some of those plays on stage.
– A blog post I wrote (Jan 10th, 2013): a remarkable and inspiring person I know
– YPT’s website: http://www.yptdc.org/
Marissa & Yeah
Marissa is a former co-worker of mine. Her husband Yeah I’ve never met. Both are very brave and selfless people. They moved from the United States to Yeah’s native Mali. They help run an organization known as Mali Rising that builds schools, provides materials, and trains teachers for rural areas of Mali. Yeah is the mayor of a town in Mali, and is running for president of Mali, elections to be held July 2013.
– Another blog post of mine (Feb 27th, 2013): a remarkable person I know and another I don’t
– Yeah’s campaign website: http://samake2012.com/
– Marissa’s blog: http://firstladymali.com/
Bob is my best friend, and has been since the first day of 6th grade. While we have many various unfinished plans to unleash our crazy creativeness onto the world, there are other reasons I am saying Bob is a remarkable person. He is very passionate about the people and things he loves and likes. As for people and things he doesn’t like, he doesn’t spend his time or energy on them. He focuses on his family and friends instead.
– My blog post featuring Bob (Jun 13, 2013): remarkable people: my best friend