Healing America - Manifesting Love and Light in the United States of America
Dear All, Gun violence results in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries annually in America. In 2010 there were 11,078 firearm-related homicides in the U.S. In 2018 the National Center for Health Statistics reported 38,390 deaths by firearm. Gun violence became the leading cause of death for children 19 and younger for the first time in 2020 and by 2022, it was responsible for about 100 daily fatalities and hundreds of daily injuries. According to Pew Research Center report, gun deaths among America’s children rose 50% from 2019 to 2021. In 2022, more than 6,000 children and teens were injured or killed in shootings in the US. As the epidemic of gun violence continues to wreak havoc on the nation, US lawmakers are failing to protect innocent children. The problem is that gun ownership is a religion in America; as well as giving a person status and prestige in society – propagated by gun manufacturers like Smith & Wesson, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Anderson Manufacturing, Beretta USA, Black Rain Ordnance, Colt and GLOCK - which are shielded by corrupt and powerful politicians. Speaking from the White House in 2022, US President Biden urged Americans to stand up to the politically powerful American gun lobby, which he blamed for blocking enactment of tougher firearms safety laws. “As a nation, we have to ask, ‘When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?’” President Biden said, advocating a ban on assault-style weapons and other common sense gun laws. Hence the necessary laws must be implemented to manifest gun safety in America - in particular a ban on assault weapons - to prevent mass shootings; as proposed by the White House and President Biden. As things stand, Americans are killing each other due to lack of gun control - in particular Children, which is unacceptable. In short, US lawmakers are failing to uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in America. This must change. Due to the severity of the public health epidemic in the US caused by gun violence, the NGO BTB-GLOBAL Peacebuilding will handle this matter temporarily - by ordering a crackdown on the gun lobby - and on corrupt politicians who are bribed by the gun lobby; who are responsible for the killing of children. The International Community must make gun safety and banning assault weapons a priority - as well as conflict resolution and non-violent communication - so that Peace and Public Safety can be manifested in the world.
- Publication Date
- Aug 18, 2021
- All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
- By (author): Dr Mark O'Doherty
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” ― Abraham LincolnHealing Afghanistan – Restoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in AfghanistanThe Guardian: "I am an Afghan woman working for a western NGO in Kabul. I feel forgotten" / In the past I thought that, if worst came to worst, the NGO would protect me. Now I think they have forgotten me"The plight of women helped justify war in Afghanistan. Now they have been abandoned" / Female doctors, journalists, police officers and politicians face acute danger from the Taliban"Malala Yousafzai ‘deeply worried’ as Taliban take control in Afghanistan" / Pakistani activist who was shot by group for championing education for girls calls on leaders to interveneIn her 2013 book I Am Malala, she describes the Pakistani Taliban invading her valley, closing down and destroying girls’ schools, and the constant state of fear from continuous gunfire.There are also increased reports of gender-based violence by the Taliban – including abductions, forced marriages and rape – with a 21-year old girl shot dead by the Taliban for not wearing a veil in the northern Balkh province.RFE: "Afghan Police Say Taliban Killed Young Woman For Wearing Tight Clothing" / Police in Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh say the Taliban killed a young woman for wearing tight clothing and not being accompanied by a male relativeUSA Today: ‘No possible life’ under Taliban rule: Afghan women fear murder, oppression after US withdrawalAccording to a report in Time magazine, government officials and witnesses have revealed that the Taliban routinely kidnapped women from Tajik, Uzbek, Hazara and other ethnic minorities to be trafficked and used as sex slaves.Human Rights Watch / Afghanistan: "Taliban Target Journalists, Women in Media" / Human Rights Watch found that Taliban commanders and fighters have engaged in a pattern of threats, intimidation, and violence against members of the mediaCBC News: "Afraid for their lives, Afghan women judges desperately seek escape from Taliban" / In a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, women judges are 'infidels' who could face imprisonment or death"[The Taliban] believe … women who work as a judge are infidels. I think the Taliban's coming makes Afghanistan regress about 100 years back."There are about 270 women judges in Afghanistan — all of them in danger and all of them desperate to flee after the Taliban seized control of Kabul on Sunday.According to the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), there have been recent reports of deadly car-bomb attacks targeting Afghans who work for the courts, as well as their families.In January, an unidentified gunman ambushed and killed two female judges from Afghanistan's Supreme Court."The Taliban's first target is the military and their second target is the judiciaries and the judiciary officers, including judges."Women's Human Rights – International Justice Resource Center / Rights of women under international lawInternational human rights treaties require State parties to take proactive steps to ensure that women’s human rights are respected by law and to eliminate discrimination, inequalities, and practices that negatively affect women’s rights.International human rights treaties prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender and also require States to ensure the protection and realization of women’s rights in all areasHence by international law women's rights must be ensured and protected in Afghanistan. Individuals and organisations who violate women's rights and fundamental freedoms must be brought to justice - so that rule of law can prevail in Afghanistan.CNN: Gen. Petraeus on why US may regret pulling troops from Afghanistan / Newsweek: "Gen. David Petraeus Says Afghanistan Collapse 'Catastrophic' for U.S."David Petraeus, the retired Army general and former director of the CIA, has called the Taliban's tightening grip on Afghanistan "catastrophic" for the U.S. and the world."This is an enormous national security setback and it is on the verge of getting much worse unless we decide to take really significant action."CNN: "Top US general says terror groups could reconstitute in Afghanistan sooner than expected" / There is also concern a Taliban takeover will further the humanitarian crisis in the country and lead to a resurgence of al Qaeda"Yes, I have passion, I have anger. ... For everyone who we promised we would protect, how are they ever going to get out of there as of today?""Former NATO commander speaks to CNN about the Taliban's takeover" / US Army Gen. Wesley Clark told CNN that despite the Taliban having committed to an opaque "general amnesty" for all Afghans, the group has a long track record of doing the opposite.The Guardian: "A massive policy fail’: CIA warned White House of swift Taliban takeover" / Former CIA counter-terrorism chief Douglas London says Biden was warned ‘Afghan forces might capitulate within days’“Blaming the intel community is going to end poorly. There is a huge paper trail of warnings [...] This is a massive policy fail from policymakers.”"CNN reporter details clashes between the Taliban and Afghans outside Kabul airport: 'This was mayhem. This was nuts.' " / The Taliban is setting up checkpoints and clashing with Afghan citizens trying to leave the countryIn short, the US leadership has gone a bit soft and timid - as recent events in Afghanistan have shown, basically handing over the country on a silver platter to Taliban and ISIS-K - pursuing a naive pacifistic policy which failed badly.HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: “No Forgiveness for People Like You” / Executions and Enforced Disappearances in Afghanistan under the Taliban.CBS: "ISIS-K is trying to undermine Afghanistan's Taliban regime, from inside and out" / Some Taliban foot soldiers are believed to have abandoned the group to join ISIS-K or al Qaeda, preferring an even more extreme interpretation of violent jihadism.ALARABIYA NEWS: "Once-bustling Afghan Embassy in US down to few diplomats" / Senior Afghan diplomat in US implores world not to recognize Taliban pointing to the radical group’s suppression of women and human rights violations.ALJAZEERA: "The UN estimates nearly 23 million Afghans – about 55 percent of the population – are facing extreme levels of hunger" / "In Pictures: Hunger, poverty continue to stalk desperate Afghans"ALARABIYA NEWS: "US pledges $308 mln in humanitarian aid to Afghan people" / "Ghani blames US deal with Taliban for fall of Afghanistan: “Instead of a peace process, we got a withdrawal process.” He claimed the deal “erased” him and his government.THE GUARDIAN: "Ashraf Ghani blames international allies over Afghanistan’s fall to Taliban" / In first interview since fleeing Kabul in August, former president says US ‘erased’ Afghans in years of peace talks with militants."On the brink: drought and politics leave Afghans fighting famine" / "The people of Afghanistan are starving; to turn our backs on them is morally wrong" / REUTERS: "Unmitigated disaster: Republicans attack Biden's defense of Afghan pullout"CNN: "GOP congressman places blame on Trump admin for crisis in Afghanistan" / "Counterinsurgency expert: Afghan collapse 'massive morale boost' for terrorists" / "Taliban accused of murdering pregnant Afghan policewoman in front of her family"ALARABIYA NEWS: "Afghan women protest in Kabul, demand education and work" / "Taliban dismiss UN concerns on women’s rights in Afghanistan" / "Death toll from Afghanistan bomb attacks rises to at least 16: Officials"GUARDIAN: "We are worse off: Afghanistan further impoverished as women vanish from workforce" / "Taliban dissolves Afghanistan’s human rights commission as ‘unnecessary’" / ‘We had 4,000 policewomen in Afghanistan. Let them get back to work'BBC: "From Kabul and beyond a year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan" / Kabul, where women are told to give their jobs to men. Hence the NGO BTB-Global Peacebuilding - together with Pakistan and the US - will implement a governmental change in the country.PS: We may also need the cooperation of the Prime Minister of Pakistan - Shehbaz Sharif - since it's also in Pakistan's interest that fundamental human rights are restored in the region :)WASHINGTON POST: "Welcome to the Supreme Court where corruption has no meaning" / The latest scandal as reported by ProPublica, involves Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and a luxury fishing trip he took to Alaska. So this is very disappointing :("To the Supreme Court corruption means less and less. But the rest of Americans know what it is. They’re looking right at it"True words indeed. As the Acting President of the United States I can assure all Americans that the White House will put an end to corruption at the Supreme Court. Period. / POTUS - Mark / BTB-Global Peacebuilding. God Bless America.CNN's "Amanpour asks Obama about 'spectacle' of Trump. Hear his answer" / Indeed, we should all play by the rules - and nobody is above the Law. Above all Dignity, Mutual Respect and Rule of Law must prevail in America / POTUSCNN: "Slow pace of Biden’s reelection campaign feeds Democrats’ 2024 anxiety" / As Acting President of the United States I can assure all top Democrats and donors that my buddy Biden is super qualified to win the election. But if not I'll take over :)GUARDIAN: "Two of expelled ‘Tennessee Three’ Democrats win back their seats" / Justin Pearson and Justin Jones who were expelled for taking part in a gun control protest on House floor, will reclaim positions. / Great! Gun control must be implemented.AFRICA NEWS: "Niger coup already making prices of goods go higher" / Banking operations are mostly shut down and cash machines had stopped dispensing money. Hence President Biden will help stabilize this awkward situation in Niger.