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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster


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John Eyster
December 21, 2012


Reading online this morning, I noted the national response to CT Governor Dan Malloy’s call for a “DAY OF MOURNING” today.

Grateful that our WI Governor Scott Walker has responded with his PROCLAMATION yesterday afternoon calling for WI to participate in the DAY OF MOURNING today.

I plan to set aside TIME at 9:30 am this morning to mourn, reflect, pray. As a grandparent with three grandsons – Jordan, Zachary, Elijah – I have been feeling intense mourning.

As an active citizen of the US, I have felt intense CONCERN! I am among those who believe that WE THE PEOPLE of the USA must make significant public policy choices to REMOVE MILITARY-STYLE automatic and semi-automatic guns from our society. I agree with those who assert that NOW we need to a "WAR" ON AUTOMATIC & SEMI-AUTOMATIC GUNS in the US.

I read in a commentary that the mass killing on Friday, the 14th of December 2012 should be a WAKE-UP DAY re. GUN VIOLENCE as was Tuesday, the 11th of September 2001 a WAKE-UP DAY re. GLOBAL TERRORISM. I agree. What do YOU think?

I am following the developments in our political life with the audacity of HOPE that our representatives in our NATIONAL and STATE legislatures will provide the controls NEEDED to the sake of a healthier American society.

I grateful for President Obama's forthcoming statements and actions re. guns in our American society. Watching with hope for the report of the President's special task force on guns chaired by Vice-president Biden. Hopeful, but I am not holding my breath.

TODAY, I want to join fellow citizens throughout the US to focus on this “DAY OF MOURNING.”

If you want more information, I suggest you use this link to CNN’s “TRENDING: Nationwide, a moment of silence for Connecticut school shooting victims.”

That report asserts that President Obama will be observing the 9:30 am MOMENT OF SILENCE at The White House and summarizes CT Governor Malloy’s request of his gubernatorial colleagues throughout the US, "Let us all come together collectively to mourn the loss of far too many promising lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School," Malloy said. "Though we will never know the full measure of sorrow experienced by these families, we can let them know that we stand with them during this difficult time."

For more information about Governor Walker’s proclamation, use this link to WISC-TV News’ “Gov. Walker issues Day of Mourning proclamation - Proclamation to honor Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.”

WI joins the observance of a MOMENT OF SILENCE at 9:30 am. I think it is meaningful that Governor Walker asked places of worship and government buildings with the capability to ring bells 26 times in honor of each of the lives that were lost. I agree. What do YOU think?

I reflected on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT with my WE THE PEOPLE blog post, “Morning of MOURNING” last Saturday, December 15.

YOU may have special interest to read through the COMMENTS. There are now 135 with more being added… I do read COMMENTS regularly.

TODAY should be a meaningful “DAY OF MOURNING” for WE THE PEOPLE of the US.

For us in the Janesville, WI area, I think it is also a CANCELLED DAY meaning that due to our huge SNOWSTORM welcoming WINTER! The solstice is at 5:12 CST this morning. Just think: “Today is the FIRST day of winter!” I hope this is the guarantee of a WHITE CHRISTMAS.

Here we go…

Mr. E.

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.

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