Jan 19, 2013 Around NYC
I’m not really a rally person. If the rallies happened on my street on 75-degree days, I could be persuaded more easily. But they don’t tend to happen that close, and a lot of them are in winter. So I’ve always convinced myself that it wouldn’t matter whether I went or not.
But the one on Monday is different. I can’t talk myself out of going, no matter what I do. This one is about me – and my kids. And your kids. It’s a rally in support of gun control. And even though the kids have the day off from school, and I could probably sleep in until 10 if I wanted to, we’ll be out in the sub-freezing weather, holding our signs.
Jake, Fiona, and I will be joining with lots of other New York City-area families in showing our support for common-sense gun laws. The sensible suggestions announced by President Obama this week are getting a lot of pushback from the gun lobby, despite the fact that a majority of Americans support gun control measures. So even though New York State has been a gun control leader, and even though New York City’s mayor heads up the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, it’s still important for us to gather at City Hall on Monday and show the world that we support the politicians who support gun control, to join together and be louder than the small fringe who wants to play Rambo.
Fiona was enthusiastic about going from the start (she’s especially looking forward to making a sign), but Jake doesn’t want to go. I’m making him go anyway. I think it’s important that he experiences this, that he sees what can happen when people get together for a common purpose. And I promised him I’d take him wherever he wanted for lunch afterwards.
We’ll be meeting in Cadman Plaza Park at 9:15 and walking over the Brooklyn Bridge to the rally, which starts at 10:30. Bring your gloves, hat, and scarf, and your (respectful) sign, and we’ll see you there.