Enough is Enough


by Atiba Madyun

Very saddened to hear about the shooting in Charleston.  Unfortunately, it reminded me of the church bombing in Birmingham in 1963.

The gun culture in America has to be reformed.

America’s history is entwined so much in violence. Our country was created and founded in a document of war declaring our independence from England.

It took a war within to end the culture of slavery in our nation.

When we seek to level our playing fields ie. women’s right to vote and to end segregation it often came after a fight to end its oppression.

All of this including reading today that police officers (who carry guns) in Alabama with links to the KKK have been suspended.

The culture of hate in our nation is not spiraling, it is out of control. To those who believe every citizen has the right to bear arms I agree with you. But I don’t believe that every citizen or any citizen needs to own a gun. More and more, I believe most police officers should not be armed with a gun.

As a nation, we are at times respected and at times feared and at other times hated because of the power of our weaponry.

As a leader in the global community, it will take our citizens as we have many times before, coming together to end the gun culture as we know it.

It will take citizens coming together to champion for a society not predicated on violence, but one reformed by the recognition that if we don’t…..we will continue to have shootings like New Town, Connecticut where innocent little children and teachers were killed.

Or Arizona, where former Congresswoman Giffords was shot.

Or more Columbines and Virginia Techs. Or senseless killings in Chicago, DC and NY of innocent citizens and innocent police officers.

Or more shootings of young people like Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin or Walter Scott.

Or more shootings like the one last night in Charleston, SC…..

Enough is enough. Let’s not make this one about race even if it is!

Let’s make this about the billion dollar gun culture in America that makes people think they have power over someone else.

Let’s not make this about hate. Let’s make this about the serious mental illness we have in this country.

Let’s make this about something bigger than what we see on the surface.

Let’s make this about US. A nation seeking to become a more perfect Union.

May God Bless The United States of America!

#CharlestonShooting #AllLivesMatter #America #Guns

Atiba Madyun is President of The Madyun Group, a Public Affairs firm based in Washington, DC and creator of Cognitive Relevance (CR) and Party Politics (PP).  Follow on Twitter @atibamadyun or Like Atiba Madyun on Facebook.


Congress or Progress

The American people have been conned.  Congressional Republicans have fooled their constituents into believing that repealing laws like ObamaCare is progress or that continuing a budget sequester is best for the country. 

Congress is proving that it is not about Progress.  The arguments over immigration, budget sequester, debt ceiling, gun reform, Syria has divided our nation. We are sinking deeper in quicksand.  Congress is working against the people. It has conned some to believe repealing laws is progress.   The proof? Congress has made no progress in successfully lowering the unemployment rate, getting people working, educating more of our young people, or stabilizing our economy.  James Carville and the American people should be yelling as loud as they did over Syria, “It’s the Economy Stupid!”

Instead, now Democrats will use the mass shooting at the Navy Yard to bring up the gun debate and get nothing done. But it’s good politics.  Let’s not be fooled again.  Guns are dangerous. They give people a false sense of power and security.  Does Zimmerman follow Trayvon Martin if he didn’t have a gun?   

Politicians are just as dangerous as a person with a gun.  Those in Washington use their votes like bullets, recklessly voting for a budget sequester and against laws like ObamaCare that impact families and eliminate jobs.

The House of Representatives has voted unsuccessfully 40 times to defund ObamaCare that can help American families but not once on a budget?   Wouldn’t a budget deal help America step forward from the devastation incurred by reckless behavior on Wall Street, in the housing market and banking industry?  

The people bailed out Wall Street, bankers, the auto and housing industry, but who rebounded quickest? For once Congress think progress for the American people, end the budget sequester.  No more arguing over trivial issues like immigration that will strengthen our nation!  No more widening the gap between the poor and the rich. Stop claiming that some of the poor who were once middle class and lost their jobs and homes during the recession are lazy. Stop threatening to cutting them off from benefits that will hopefully keep from falling deeper into an economic abyss that you created.

Congress get out of the way. Make government again about the People, but about all the People. If not, then the Government for the People will be forced to find a way, to make it of the People again.