Rosanne Cash's father, Johnny Cash, had a long legacy of singing about gunslingers and even played a couple in movies, but that isn't stopping his daughter and granddaughter from petitioning President Obama to put an end to modern day gun crime.
Chelsea Cromwell, Rosanne's daughter with ex-husband Rodney Crowell, has posted a petition at Whitehouse.gov titled "Use executive authority to reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 (expired 2004)" which states:
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban, also known as the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, was a United States federal law that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms it defined as "assault weapons," as well as certain ammunition magazines it defined as "large capacity."The petition currently has just over 4,500 signatures but needs to reach 100,000 by November 1 to be considered by the White House. To help the cause, Rosanne went on her Facebook page with a call to action:
The ten-year ban was passed by the U.S. Congress on September 13, 1994 and it expired on September 13, 2004.
Efforts to pass a new federal assault weapons ban were made in December 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. On April 17, 2013, The ban failed a Senate vote of 40 to 60.
As happens far too often in the gun debate, Cash's posting brought out over 1,000 comments, many of them pro-gun and some of a very vicious nature.
This won't change a thing. Only simpletons think it will.It is truly unfortunate that that there were so many who, instead of expressing their opinion in a civil way, went for simple insults and name calling; however, Cash, being the classy and articulate artist that she is, responded without lowering herself to their level in a brilliant, heartfelt essay:
Ur a f*****g idiot
You truly are a feeble minded person
Please remove yourself from the population Roseanne cash, but don't use a firearm. Find a bridge
F**k roseann cash
Dear Followers and Likers-- if you can't maintain basic courtesy on my page, please allow me to show you the door. This is my page and I do have a right to my beliefs and convictions, as all of you do. I was raised to have the courage to stand behind those convictions and it's too late in life for me to sacrifice my integrity by keeping the most passionate of them secret. Those who tell me to 'stay out of politics and stick to music', or, in other words 'keep your mouth shut' are perhaps so obsessed with the Second Amendment that they haven't noticed the First.It's more than time to have a CIVIL conversation in this country about gun violence and gun control and Carrie Cromwell and Rosanne Cash are two Americans who are trying to advance that talk without the need for insults and violent talk. Our hats off to them.
I have as much concern for the safety of my children as any mother alive and if that makes me 'political', so be it. I don't hurl insults because I think some of you have a bewildering attachment to military-grade weapons and a refusal to consider mandatory background checks. I'd appreciate the same civility.
For ten years, I was on the board of PAX- an organization whose sole purpose was to prevent gun violence among children. (PAX merged with Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence several years ago.) After ten years of meeting grief-stricken parents of children killed by guns, I had to quit. I couldn't take the endless parade of innocent people with shattered lives. It was eating at my soul. More pre-schoolers die by guns every year than police officers in the line of duty, and people seem to accept it as collateral damage for 'freedom.' Whose freedom are we talking about? Certainly not a classroom of first-graders lying in a pool of blood. And we're not talking about the freedom of their parents either, whose lives are utterly destroyed.
In 2000, as a representative of PAX, I attended the Million Mom March in Washington, DC with my husband, my year-old baby and my 11 year old daughter. I had a lot of hope that day-- the energy was powerful and the thousands of parents holding pictures of their dead children was a mandate in itself.
At the end of the day, my friend Patty Smyth, who marched alongside me with Bette Midler, Emmylou Harris, Raffi and many, many more, said 'if nothing else, we helped carry the burden of the grieving mothers for one day.' I wrote an article for Rolling Stone about that day. I was full of expectation that our elected officials would rise to the occasion and enact basic gun safety legislation like background checks, safety locks and a ban on military-grade weapons.
It turned out that, in fact, all we did was help carry the burden for a day. Nothing changed.
Several years later, my precious daughter, Chelsea, was held up at gunpoint in the jewelry store where she worked. The gunmen held her for twenty minutes. I'm so grateful she was not killed and I'm also so acutely aware that the difference between me and the moms carrying the photos on the march is a split second. Please, do not tell me that Chelsea 'should have had a gun.'
The logic that 'if more law-abiding citizens had guns, there would be fewer mass shootings' is confounding to the point of nihilism. What's the end game? Every first grade teacher should have a gun in her desk to prevent another massacre like Newtown? Every pastor in his pulpit? Every movie-goer, mall shopper, night club patron and mom pushing a stroller, until we are reduced to anarchy and violence in every social venue of this country?
If you can make a compelling argument why we have laws requiring safety locks on medicines to protect children, but no law requiring a safety lock on a gun, I'd like to hear it. If you can make a compelling argument why a mentally disturbed youth should be able to easily stockpile military-grade weapons because of loopholes in the law and no background checks, please-- go ahead. I'd like to hear an articulate and reasoned logic behind that thought.
The Constitution is a living document-- if it hadn't changed since its inception, I personally would not be allowed to vote. The language 'well-regulated militia' doesn't equal 'mentally ill person with stockpile of automatic weapons' in my interpretation, but if you believe the amendment extends to that, then I believe Congress needs to amend the amendment, as it has done before in other cases.
Personal handguns and hunting rifles will never be banned in this country. Not a single person talking about the gun issue, that I have heard or read, has suggested that.
If one classroom of first graders can be saved just by requiring background checks and a ban on military style weapons, wouldn't it be worth it? One teenager in a movie theater, one student nurse, one pastor in the pulpit, one little pre-schooler? If the answer is no, or the answer is just more vicious rhetoric, then we should be ashamed. That child could be yours. It was almost mine. So don't tell me to keep my mouth shut.
Thanks to the kind follower who posted this fantastic essay: