Roslyn Phillips is my friend. She is the mother of three fine sons, two of whom were murdered last week over a childish argument ["Arrest made in double slaying over dog feces
I met Roslyn when she relocated to Richmond with her two younger sons after Katrina destroyed everything they had — their home, their schools, their school records, their system of transportation. Roslyn courageously led her sons through the rebuilding of their lives as they struggled to adapt to a new community, culture and schools. With fearlessness and faith this family triumphed over losses so extensive most of us would sink into despair. This is one fine family!
And today? Roslyn faces another disaster. Only this time my friend won't be rebuilding anything anytime soon, because the terrorism of gun violence
found and destroyed her family. The combustible combination of a quick temper and easy access to a gun is all it takes to create a terrorist mentality in our neighborhoods. This terrorist stalks us every minute of every day
, threatening the lives of our loved ones.
It no longer matters where you come from or where you live. Gun violence is no longer about ghettos, drugs and bad guys. It's about money and politics and we are all victims of this insidious stalker
Because our lawmakers fund gun violence
, the only defense is to vote. Go to the polls. Make sure the person you're voting for has fully supported gun law reform.
The Phillips family are the kind of people that communities need. They served their country, educated themselves so they could continue to serve the needy and it made their neighbors feel safe just having them around. They are gone now. And that should really make you angry and very afraid.