Maddie Gavel-Briggs


Maddie Gavel-Briggs and her husband Patrick Briggs are members of the National Mobilizing Circle, and are residents of Pasadena, Calif.

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Lay Down Your Arms and Take a Stand

by Maddie Gavel-Briggs 02-14-2013
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Edmund Burke once said, "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." So what is at the heart of the endless stream of violence in our country — is it guns or is it something a lot harder to eradicate — passivity?

The overwhelming response would likely be "it's the guns, stupid." But in this fight, the individual with the loaded AK-47 rifle may be only slightly less dangerous than the passive citizen, the average person who may think "something should be done about guns,” but fails to stand up and make their voice heard.