Open letter to Pro Gun Activists

Dear Pro Gun Activist,

Yes, today people are remembering what happened in Sandy Hook. Any one with a little bit of soul probably cried, got sick to their stomachs and got angry all at the same time. Yet, there are people who want to defend guns at all costs, even if it cost the life our children. Are you one these people? This is so messed up! Things need to change. You need to change.

Oh boy! How much do I HATE the stupid talking points: “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, we need to arm the teachers”. It is incredibly to me that people actually believe this crap; most people don’t study or read about gun violence. This subject is quite complex and is tied to a bunch of other underlying issues. But the ignorant rather jump into the “it is my right to bear arms” wagon and they literally run with it. Are you one of these? Well, if you are, I think it is quite pathetic! Don’t we, as a responsible and advance society, deserve a better environment in which we all can live in peace and harmony? Last time I checked laws and their implementation are just for that purpose. Isn’t that what “pro-life and anti-abortion” groups constantly do at state level, don’t they change the law to fit their views? I smell a lot of hypocrisy here.

I can already hear the other talking points: “You can’t take away my gun, the government want to take our guns, and what about the one ‘we have the right for a well-organized militia’. This last one really is just plain stupid. Isn’t that why we as taxpayers pay to have the biggest army in the world, come on! Seriously, can we have a normal, non-gun-nut conversation? Ever? I do realize that Pro Gun activists have their valid points and I am in no way condemning the sane people who want to have a real and smart conversation, but please, let’s just keep the “crazy ones” away from it, shall we? They certainly hurt your views and help the side that want to see real change. I am sure we, at least, agree on this point.

Lastly, before you critique my opinion, please remember that it is MY opinion. I am the mother of two and I simply refuse to settle to live in a country in which we are OK with doing nothing. I encourage you to try putting yourself in the shoes of the parents that lost their children in Sandy Hook. Would you dare to tell them to their face that NOTHING can be done? I might be full of hope and positivism or maybe I am just a parent with a little bit of common sense left.

Best Regards.


FBI vs. Alexandra Lúgaro y el Pueblo de Puerto Rico

Hoy de lo q se habla y comenta es del allanamiento a la oficina de Alexandra Lúgaro. He leído comentarios de todo tipo: “que si la llevan investigando hace tiempo, los federales no hacen las cosas algarete o de un día para otro, que ella parece q se robó dinero, q todos los políticos son iguales, que los federales vienen a rescatarnos, a limpiar o resolver otro problema de corrupción, que los federales no tienen nada que ver con la política de Puerto Rico”.

Vamos a aclarar algo: los federales no van rescatar a Puerto Rico. Eso es sencillamente un disparate. Entiendo q esa “creencia” lleva mas de un siglo cultivándose, pero eso es tema para otro escrito. Osea, los americanos no le van a resolver nada a nadie, si ese fuese el caso la cosas estarían muchísimo mejor y no habría tanta corrupción gubernamental. Si aplicamos esa lógica, de q los federales son los rescatistas, no creen q la isla hubiese estado bastante limpia de corrupción hace tiempo?

También no me debería de sorprender la falta de conocimiento de muchos. Pues desafortunadamente muchos desconocen de su propia historia como pueblo. La gran mayoría de los puertorriqueños olvidan rápido. Prueba de ello es q muchos votan por la misma porquería cada cuatro años, en cuatro años olvidan. Pues entonces algo q pasó en la década de los 70 y 80 mucho menos. Durante esa época muchos puertorriqueños sufrieron persecución política por parte del gobierno y los tan admirados federales.

Yo no sé los detalles de la supuesta investigación q le están haciendo a Alexandra Lúgaro. Especular sin saber nada de ella o de como funciona el FBI esta mal, pero así es el boricua, habla sin saber. Hasta cuando? Esa actitud nos esta haciendo daño.

The Truth Behind Lives Matters’ Hashtags

So if your are immerse in social media you have seen the hashtags, you have used the hashtags, you have liked a post that had a hashtag, then you forwarded that post and used that hash tag again to follow more of that story, maybe replied to that message and used a different hashtag to express an opposing view. The hash tag is used to follow stories of our interest, summarizes a point of view, creates a movement, and helps organize or attract followers to a specific event. Some people abuse them or used really long and complicated ones. We may also argue that some of them are created in reaction to another hasthtag, almost like retaliation. I did a bit of research on three hashtags that are going around right now: #blacklivesmatter,#Alllivesmatter and #policelivesmatter. You are welcome to share an opinion here or to do your own research. This is what I found:

  • #blacklivesmatter started back in 2012 when Trayvon Martin, a unarmed young black man, was killed by George Zimmerman. The residents in that community where outrage that Zimmerman was not charge with murder right away. It happened a month later and we all know the results. We may argue that in this case the social media outlets and the used of this hash tag helped create a movement and also brought attention to the case. Public pressure mounted and the authorities had to bring up the charges.  When I googled this hashttag there were thousands of people talking about it or using it. One of the beauties of Internet is the ongoing interaction of thousands of people. Sadly, #blacklivesmatter resurfaced at least two more times after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both in the hand of police officers. Like Nancy Scola from The Washington Post mention on her blog :”#BlackLivesMatter is serving as sort of a catch-all for the bigger idea at work that users are going back to again and again, with more tailored tags emerging as a way of tying each incident into that broader, ongoing, powerful conversation “
  • #Alllivesmatter made its appearance when Officer Darrel Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown. It was actually used for the first time in a rally, according to other social media outlets, in support of the officer. I have personally used this hashtag. I thought: “I agree with this one hashtag”, all lives DO matter, white, black, Latinos, Asian, we all matter, right? Well, as I dig more behind the real meaning or purpose of #Alllivesmatters I came to a rude awakening. It was created as a reaction to #blacklivesmatter, to almost take people away from the real conversation about racism and police brutality. It is not that not all lives matter, they do! But the  ‘good’ hashtag is doing something really bad, is basically not acknowledging that there are stereotypes or bias in the minds of law enforcement and the public in general. The reality is that it is hard for anyone to admit any preconceived ideas, let alone for police officers or anyone in power to do so. I get it! It is a difficult and uncomfortable thing to admit. It is much easier to hide behind a hashtag.
  • #policelivematter started when two police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, where murdered by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a young black guy with a long criminal history, in an apparent revenge for the deaths of Garner and Brown. Believe me when I say that in no way I am trying to minimize the deaths of police officers. Everyday police officers risk their lives in the line of duty. We need to honor them and respect them. Some of the users of this tag claim that the protesters have been fueling hate against the police. A lot of those supporters also claim that the police do their job fairly 100% of the time.

You see? Here is where I firmly believe the conversation gets lost and the obvious “tag war” doesn’t really help. If anything it becomes a shouting fest. When one side is screaming and no side is really listening. The divide is evident. Some people are for the social justice and others do not believe that that even exits or that is necessary, that the “race baiters” need to get over it. The creation of #Alllivesmatter and #policelivesmatter, we may argue is the result in part of that lack of acknowledgement that there is a real  problem.

We live in an age in which we are “connected” like never before thru technology. I wonder if in this case is just “dividing” us like never before and tags are just a way to sort us into groups.

NYPD’s officers failed to defend themselves

The argument  (or talking point) that we should have the right to protect our selves used by 2nd amendment activists, in my opinion, is completely debunked by this very unfortunate incident. I mean, two armed police officers could not defend themselves? Does anyone wonders or questioned that just for a second?

I know that the focus of this double murder has to do with the ongoing friction between minorities and law enforcement and it is an important topic that must be addressed and discussed fairly. But I also believe that every situation should be used to learn or open our minds.