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Could the Proposed Department of Peace Have Intercepted the Tucson Gunshots?

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One of the major components of the proposed National Department of Peace (DoP) would be to teach nonviolent communication in schools, by addressing bullying, participation in gangs, and other violent behaviors.

The War on Terror needs to begin with preschoolers in our own country. 

In Tucson, yesterday, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head and remains in critical condition, U.S. District Court Judge John Roll was killed, and others were killed and wounded at a town hall type meeting designed to encourage citizens' participation in government.

Who knows what might have been different if the Tucson shooter had received nonviolent training in elementary school? Training that taught him how to make his voice heard without the use of a gun?

Who knows what a national agency of this type might avert if it shone a light on vitriolic rhetoric in the early stages and educated the citizenry about its possible effects?

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced the bill to establish a United States Department of Peace in July 2001, two months before Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old killed in Tucson, was born.

Kucinich has introduced it every two years since.

If the bill had passed in 2001, would nearly a decade of federal, domestic focus on peaceful communications and nonviolent interactions have helped to avoid the gunshots in Tucson?

Isn't it time to find out?

According to the Peace Alliance, there are currently 71 U.S. Representatives from 27 states (including Kucinich) who currently co-sponsor the bill to create a Department of Peace.

Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14-D] a co-sponsor, notes that in 1792 the famed African-American mathematician, astronomer, and civil rights leader, Benjamin Banneker, proposed a Dept. of Peace to his friend and colleague, George Washington. Over 200 years later, America is still waiting.

  "Now," says Conyers, "the need for a Peace Department is too compelling to ignore."

On January 15, 2009, " Establish a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding" was voted as one of the Top Ten " Ideas for Change in America" in Change.org's nationwide competition to identify the best ideas for Americas new direction, in response to newly elected President Obama's campaign which promised change.

The website described the concept:

" The science of peacebuilding deserves a seat at the table when it comes to making decisions about foreign and domestic policy. The use of violence to resolve personal and international conflicts needs to be a last resort. The Department of Peace could build the institutional structures needed to help put peaceful means at the forefront."

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you better live that.Or else.....where you gonna g... by zonie on Sunday, Jan 9, 2011 at 4:17:31 PM
I remember that movie. Children of the Damned. The... by Ned Lud on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:44:50 AM
in 1970 on TV....scared the hell outa me too.I was... by zonie on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:39:18 AM
My folks were both kinda independent voters when I... by Ned Lud on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:54:52 AM
A Department of Peace backed by the full force of ... by terrilian on Sunday, Jan 9, 2011 at 5:47:52 PM
You are right, a "Department of Peace backed by th... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 8:04:41 AM
Could the proposed Dept. of Peace have intercepted... by Ned Lud on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:32:20 AM
in order to find these folks that will do this, we... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:41:27 AM
... by terrilian on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:59:01 PM
I am a person who has dealt with combat injuries. ... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:15:29 AM
Ok, so the DoS and DoD come up with their "peacefu... by terrilian on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:55:22 PM
and that is willing cooperation from both sides. T... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 4:09:39 PM
Yes, I would agree that there is another way, and ... by terrilian on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:01:07 PM
I agree that peace has to start with the civic sec... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 at 12:29:03 AM
@meryl:So I am saying that it seems to be possible... by terrilian on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 at 7:28:32 PM
(although I am in the middle of relocating, so my ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 at 11:59:53 PM
........................Peace REPLACING the depart... by Robert P. Philipps on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 5:05:51 PM
I am ever hopeful that humankind will evolve! And ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 7:26:57 PM
In David Rogers' 1/31/10 article "War Spending Sur... by Gail Davis on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 6:57:21 PM
This is wonderful to have all this data right here... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 7:31:11 PM
and only here for a really short time...to EVOLVE.... by Anita Stewart on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 9:40:31 PM
Thank you, Meryl, for bringing the conversation.Wh... by Terry Mason on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 at 9:18:45 AM
Your economic recovery-related figures are particu... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 at 9:35:41 AM
As a result of some clarification from Dot Maver, ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 10:59:22 PM
And there was a great quote in the signature of Dr... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:07:53 PM
I love your energy and hopes, but we don't live in... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:13:04 PM
is definitely not the answer though. Just heard a... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:19:09 PM
I'm all for it as long as it is of the people, by ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:44:39 PM
I'm glad you like the direction, 'cause I gotta go... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:43:04 PM
I simply try to present another view. Blessings,L... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:52:38 PM
..active communications are what stir up new ideas... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:58:27 PM
And this is the first discussion on this site toda... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:01:01 AM
I can't take all the credit for that - you and the... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:37:55 PM
was moving and certainly gives food for thought. ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:03:16 AM
that less government, less of those who put us int... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:08:11 AM
and that what you and I want less of in governmen... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:44:34 PM